- The All Progressives Congress calls on its members to obey the invitation made to them by the Senate.
- The party spokesperson, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, says the party wouldn’t support anything that would portray it as a party having respect for democratic institutions
- APC warns that it will not shield anybody from subjecting himself or herself to the constitutionally assigned role of the legislative arm of government
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned its members in high government offices, not to disrespect the National Assembly.
The ruling party issued the caution over the weekend against the backdrop of the controversy caused by the refusal of the comptroller-general of customs, Hameed Ali, as well as the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, to heed the invitation by the Senate.
The party’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the APC believes that the right thing to do was for its affected members to obey the invitation made to them by the Senate, This Day reports.
The APC spokesperson noted that the party wouldn’t support anything that would portray it as a party having respect for democratic institutions.
“The party will not support any member of the party, any appointed official of government to disrespect the National Assembly because we recognise that the National Assembly is the very meaning of our democracy.
“The difference between dictatorship and democracy is the National Assembly. In the military rule you have the executive, you have the judiciary, the only institution you don’t have under the military rule is the National Assembly, as it where, or the House of Assembly in the states,” he said.
Speaking on the Senate-SGF face off, Abudulahi said the APC believes that the National Assembly has a constitutional role to investigate any official of government, irrespective of his or her level.
Abudulahi said the party was not going to shield anybody from subjecting himself or herself to the constitutionally assigned role of the legislative arm of government.
“The National Assembly has an oversight role to play, a constitutional role to play in some of this. We as a party, as I said earlier, we will not welcome a situation where a government official will behave in a way that would show lack of respect for a major organ of our institution.
“We will not do it and if we do that, it is like we are encouraging that kind of behaviour that will impair our democracy, we won’t do that.
“Secondly, if it is any issue that has to do with corruption, our president’s major commitment is to fight corruption. That is one of the major cardinal pillars of his administration and what that means therefore is that anyone associated with this administration must not only be above board but must be seen to be above board.
“So if anybody is believed to have done certain things that they were not supposed to have done, even at the level of suspicion, I think the National Assembly has the right to investigate," the party said.
Abudulahi said the APC leadership is trying to broker peace between the SGF and the CG of customs and the National Assembly by reaching out to its members in the Senate.
He explained that the party was looking for an auspicious time to bring the parties to the table to resolve the matter.
The APC spokesman, however, expressed concern over the turn of events especially the court action instituted by the Customs CG, stating that it would complicate issues and overheat the polity.
He said the leadership had hoped that both sides would exercise good judgment and allow the matter to be resolved rather dragging it to court.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reports that Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti has warned President Muhammdu Buhari that the larger-than-life attitude of the presidential appointees could endanger the nation’s democracy.
Below is a NAIJ.com video of residents of Otodo Gbame community in Lagos who have been left displaced by following a demolition carried by the Lagos state govt.
Fayose, in a statement through his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Friday, March 24, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restrain presidency officials and other appointees in order to avoid endangering Nigeria’s democracy and making a mockery of the nation.