Erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has told Festus Keyamo and others that the 1999 constitution does not controvert the position of Mai Buni as Chairman of an ad-hoc committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Eze claimed that Keyamo and the others were trying to “resuscitate the dead National Working Committee of Adams Oshiomhole which bad situation cannot be remedied in this dispensation considering the seriousness of the times,” adding that “This plot is dead on arrival.”
Backing the Mai Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the, APC, Eze, an ally to the minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, said it was necessary to correct the much speculated self-opinion of Keyamo and his co-travelers in order to call public attention to the reality of issue.
Eze was reacting to the litany of conflicting interpretations that followed the judgement of the Supreme Court over the governorship election of Ondo State.
Recall that some bigwigs and leading legal practitioners in the country including the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Keyamo SAN., had questioned the legitimacy of the Buni-led C/ECPC of the APC.
Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had insisted that the judgement of the apex court was nuance and oblique, and warned the party to halt the planned congresses, disband the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and reconstitute a fresh one.
According to them, as a sitting Governor, Buni’s position in the party goes contrary to Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They also reasoned this could jeopardize the chances of the ruling party featuring in the 2023 elections.
But Eze berated the party chieftains for holding such opinion and making a quick kick in a manner that, according to him, lacked restraint and careful discernment.
The APC chieftain pointed out that section of the Constitution being relied upon by Keyamo and others does not controvert the position of Buni as Chairman of an ad-hoc committee of the party.
He explained that this is given that the nature of the position Buni holds does not fall in the referred category and “thus, is obviously an implied fundamental exception to whatever meaning and interpretation that could be ascribed thereto,” he said.
Furthermore, Eze pointed out that the party’s Director of Legal Services, Dare Oketade Esq., had made it very clear during cross-examination in Jegede v Akeredolu, that as C/ECPC Chairman of the APC, Buni’s engagement is neither executive nor salaried and thus does not offend the spirit of Section 183 as is being speculated.
He hailed the APC for ignoring what he described as the “careless misstatements of political desperados who are plotting to plunge the APC into crisis in a bid to frustrate and make nonsense the efforts of the Buni’s committee in restoring sanity and repositioning the party for better electoral results.”