No law prohibits Buhari holding political meetings at Aso Rock-Presidency
THE Presidency on Sunday said there is no law stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from holding political meetings in any part of the Presidential Villa since he lives at the place.
The Presidency also said that the virtual emergency National Executive Committee, NEC, a meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that held on Thursday at the Council Chamber, observed all the necessary COVID-19 protocols of social distancing.
There have been allegations that President Buhari desecrated the sanctity of the State House by taking the partisan political meetings to the seat of power and that the gathering breached the guidelines put in place by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on the mass gathering.
Reacting to the allegations, the Presidency in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that though a handful number of the party leaders including governors elected on the platform of the APC were at the Council Chamber for the emergency NEC, some members joined the meeting virtually in adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.
The statement read, “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.
“Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can legally speak, choose, or dictate to him where he can sit to hold meetings.
The Presidency further explained that the virtual APC NEC meeting was taken to the Council Chamber because of the facilities there for a virtual meeting. The idea was to observe social distancing in view of health concerns of COVID-19.