Buhari’s UK trip is legal - BMO replies PDP

Buhari’s UK trip is legal - BMO replies PDP

- The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has told the PDP that there was no legal or constitutional incident created by President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the UK

- The organization advised the opposition party to desist from “unwarranted and frivolous media attacks” on the president

- The BMO further implored the PDP to always stick to constructive engagements as an opposition party, and refrain from overheating the polity with careless statements

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has replied the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); stating that there was no legal or constitutional incident created by President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the United Kingdom.

The organization made the comment in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, Daily Trust reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the BMO asserted that President Buhari is, in fact, the first Nigerian president to adhere to the Nigerian Constitution in that particular respect.

The organization advised the opposition party to desist from “unwarranted and frivolous media attacks” on the president, concerning his UK trip.

The PDP national president, Uche Secondus, had chided Buhari for proceeding on a private trip abroad without informing the National Assembly.

The BMO said: “We are constrained to remind the Peoples Democratic Party that throughout its sixteen years in power, Nigerians cannot recall any particular time a president transmitted letters to the National Assembly while embarking on vacation or any foreign trip.

“In fact, President Buhari is the first president to start adhering to the constitutional provision on the transmission of letters to the National Assembly whenever embarking on vacation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari, in deference to the constitution, has always transmitted a letter to the National Assembly when embarking on vacation or medical trip and this is in line with his belief in the rule of law.”

The organization implored the PDP to “always stick to constructive engagements as an opposition party, and refrain from overheating the polity with careless statements.”

It added: “Even on the position of the law, we make bold to say that Section 145 sub section 2 allows the president twenty one days window within which to transmit a letter to the National Assembly.

“In this particular case, the president will only be away for ten days, and this indicates that no section of the constitution has been breached.

“We condemn the tendency of the PDP to always drag the country into needless controversies.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that following President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the United Kingdom, the presidency stated that the president can govern the country from anywhere in the world.

The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari did not need to inform the National Assembly, so long as his absence was for a short period.

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