By Chinenye Festus:-
For those who has been calling out President Buhari for holding a political meeting in the chamber of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House in Abuja. The Presidency has taken a swipe at them.
In a statement on Sunday, The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu insisted that the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not take place at the chamber.
“It is necessary that we put records in their correct perspective concerning the recent meeting held by the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has, unfortunately, drawn criticism due to lack of understanding.
The stubborn opinion held by the critics of the administration is that President Muhammadu Buhari had called a political meeting in the “hallowed” chamber of the Federal Executive Council, as if there is a law that says the President is barred from holding meetings in certain sections of the vast Presidential Villa.”
The President’s aide, however, said, “Yes, it is true that governors and leaders of the National Assembly joined the President from the chamber from where he spoke; but the larger body of the members in attendance were all connected via video calls.
Shehu insisted that the President made a wise decision because he wanted to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Do not forget that these are not the normal times in view of the COVID-19 circumstances in which we have found ourselves. President Buhari placed health and safety above courtesy to the party by not going to its headquarters.”
The APC NEC meeting had sparked criticism from various individuals and groups, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can, legally speaking, choose or dictate to him where he can given location within the Villa? He stressed that although the meeting was virtual, President Buhari has the right to convene a meeting in any part of the Presidential Villa.
By Chinenye Festus:-