- Professor Sagay advised President Buhari not to attend the NEC meeting convened by Victor Gaidom
- Sagay listed three key reasons why the president should not attend the meeting, including the fact that Gaidom had no right to succeed the national chairman before a deputy national secretary
- President Buhari had on Wednesday said he recognised Giadom as APC acting chair and would attend the NEC meeting he convened
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Prominent law professor, Itse Sagay (SAN), has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to attend the All Progressives Congress National Executive Committee meeting called by Victor Giadom on Thursday, June 25.
Sagay who is the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) gave at least three reasons why the president should not attend the meeting, The Nation reports.
Firstly, the senior lawyer said Giadom had no right to summon the meeting because as a deputy national secretary, he is not in line to succeed the national chairman.
Secondly, Sagay said the ex-parte order which affirms purportedly Giadom as acting chairman had since lapsed.
He noted: “I’m stunned by this turn of events. How can a deputy national secretary have the ambition to be the chairman of a party when you have deputy chairmen and vice-chairmen?
“That is why it is absurd. It does not make sense. His position makes it impossible for him to be the acting national chairman.
“Second, he is relying on an ex-parte order in which he alone was present and the court gave him an interim order in March. These orders last for 14 days.
“He turns up in June to say it has been extended – something that is dead, that does not exist and has lapsed. That is the second absurdity. If he had applied for a fresh order, that would have been different.
“When I heard of the developments, I was stunned into silence. I’m so stunned as to how such a person could be given legitimacy at the highest level.
“The legal advice the President got is mischievous in the extreme because there is no court order to extend since it does not exist. It died two weeks after it was made. The line of succession of the chairman cannot come from the Secretary.
“So the whole thing is an absurdity. I always hear of the theater of the absurd, but this is one of the worst I’ve ever heard of.”
Thirdly, Sagay said the NEC meeting requires seven days' notice but Giadom only gave three. He, therefore, advised the president not to participate in the meeting.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari finally made his position known by backing Giadom as acting national chairman of the party.
This was disclosed in a tweet by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu. According to Shehu, the president would attend the meeting called by Giadom on Thursday.
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