The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has denied reports that he ignored presidential directives on the ward congresses of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sections of the media had reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had convened a meeting in his office to deliberate on the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Ondo governorship election. And that all the lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet had agreed that the congresses held last Saturday should be suspended.
However, Malami allegedly rejected the submission of other lawyers and insisted that the congresses must go ahead.
However, in a disclaimer issued on Tuesday via a statement signed by Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malami said the conduct of the congresses was entirely the affairs of the APC and had nothing to do with the Minister.
“It is important to put the record straight that congresses and the conduct thereof are a function of a political party and not the office of the Attorney General.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is not responsible for the implementation of directives relating to party administration as it is rightly known.
“It is, therefore, incongruous and antithetical to common sense to think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice refusing to obey directives over which he has no legal responsibility to execute.
“The allegation does not represent the true position of things, please.
“It is a common knowledge that the two eminent personalities are both lawyers, hence could be entitled to their respective opinions within the context of Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that upholds freedom of expression.
“It is a tradition and normal experience in life that lawyers express divergent opinions which in some cases are not rooted in the majority decision of the Supreme Court on speculations and insinuations.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is not bound by any conclusion put across which should naturally be persuasive and not binding.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice remains law-abiding and wholeheartedly abiding by presidential directives.”
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