- The APC says the PDP's recent statement on the composition of its caretaker committee is an act of ignorance
- The party said its constitution allows for such emergency arrangement
- The ruling party also dismissed criticisms over political meetings held in the presidential villa
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as ignorant, a statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) questioning the constitution of a caretaker/extra-ordinary national convention planning committee, headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state.
In a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, June 28 by the APC's deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, the party said the opposition PDP was acting as if it understood the APC constitution more than its framers.
He said the APC constitution in article 17 (iv) states: “No officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position office in government concurrently.”
He, however, added that article 11 (A) of the constitution provides:
“The party shall have the following fourteen organs: National Convention, Board of Trustees, National Executive Committee, National Working Committee, Zonal Committee, State Congress, State Executive Committee, State Working Committee, Senatorial District Committee, Local Government Area/ Area Council Congress, The Local Government Area/ Area Council, Executive Committee, the Ward Congress, the Ward Executive Committee and the Polling Unit Committee.
“Therefore, the caretaker committee and extra-ordinary convention committee which is headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni as chairman is not an organ of the party hence, their appointment is not in contravention of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress,” Nabena said.
He added that: “article 13.3 (vi.) empowers the National Executive Committee (NEC) as the principal executive body of the party with powers to create, elect and appoint any committee it may deem necessary, desirable or expedient and assign to them such powers and functions as it may seem fit and proper.”
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While reacting to the APC NEC virtual meeting held at the presidential villa, the APC spokesman said: “there is no law that says the president cannot hold political meetings in the presidential villa.”
He said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has rightly stated that being a lawyer, Notary Public and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, there is no law that prohibits him from administering an oath.
Nabena had earlier declared support for the newly constituted caretaker committee of the ruling party.
The APC spokesman in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, June 27 urged party members to support the newly-constituted committee chaired by the Yobe state governor.
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