- The presidency has reacted to those criticizing President Buhari for holding APC's NEC meeting at the State House
- Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu defended his boss' decision on Sunday, June 28
- According to him, President Buhari is not barred by any law not to hold meetings in the Villa
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Following criticisms from different quarters, the presidency has defended President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to have held the APC national executive council meeting inside the Council Chamber of the State House.
This was disclosed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Sunday, June 28.
The Nigerian leader became the country's first president to hold a political party meeting in the chamber which is used for official government meetings such as the Federal Executive Council (FEC), National Council of State (NCS), National Economic Council (NEC) and National Security Council (NSC).
The presidential spokesperson in reaction to the critics argued that the meeting was majorly virtual with only a few party members in attendance.
He also added that it was unfortunate that the meeting has drawn criticism due to lack of understanding.
According to him, the president was not banned by any law from holding meetings in any part of the Presidential Villa.
He said: "Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can, legally speaking, choose or dictate to him where he can sit to hold meetings. So, what is wrong in the President presenting himself before a camera and a TV screen in a digital conference at a given location within the Villa?"
It would be recalled that President Buhari and the vice, Yemi Osinbajo, attended the APC meeting on Thursday, June 25, at the State House.
The executive council chambers of the State House was filled with party members by 12 pm for a meeting convened by the embattled factional acting national chairman Victor Giadom.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidency has dismissed insinuations that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been sidelined by President Buhari.
Buhari wielded the big stick this past week by asking the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC to sack the party's National Working Committee (NWC).
The move was interpreted by many political analysts to mean the president has abandoned Tinubu, the national leader of the party. It is widely believed that members of the disbanded NWC were loyal to the former Lagos state governor.
In a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, June 27, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the commentary that the move is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown” is false.
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