…demands Malami’s resignation
Former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka has criticized meeting of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Federal Executive Council Chambers at the instance of President Mohammadu Buhari.
Chidoka said holding of APC meeting in the revered Council Chambers was a clear signal that the government was commingling party and government business.
The PDP chieftain also condemned the swearing-in members of the ruling party’s caretaker committee by the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, describing it as a major affront to his constitutional role as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation.
While noting the damage such action brought to office of the Attorney General, Chidoka expressed fears that his opinion would be tailored by partisan considerations, calling for his resignation.
He said, “The country witnessed a new low today when Mr President, for the first time since 1999, used the Federal Executive Chamber for APC NWC meeting. Since President Obasanjo, through President Yar’Adua and President Jonathan NO meeting of PDP NWC/NEC ever took place in the Federal Executive Council Chamber.
“The Party expanded Caucus which meets at the Villa periodically use the First Lady’s meeting room or the Banquet Hall.
“The government is not an arm of a political party. Once a government is in place it is for all Nigerians and its organs or properties must not be used for partisan purposes.
“The holding of APC meeting in the Council Chambers is a clear signal that the government is commingling party and government business and we hope government funds are not being used to partisan end. This government continues to damage our national values
“To depict the new low we saw the Attorney General of the federation swearing-in members of APC caretaker committee in the Federal Executive Council Chamber. This is a major affront to the constitutional role of the Attorney General as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation.
“Is he the National Legal adviser of the APC? On what basis did he conduct the Swearing-in using the council chamber?
“His role as Chief Law officer of the nation is damaged and we can no longer trust that his opinion will not be tailored by partisan considerations.
“This act may be a step in a plan to foist a one party state on Nigeria through the capture of state institutions for partisan goals. The Attorney General should take the part of honour now.