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PDP Faults Lockdown Extension



Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Monday faulted the announcement of additional two weeks to the partial lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha during the PTF press briefing in Abuja.

The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it had noted the allegedassumption of Presidential powers by Boss Mustapha.

Ologbondiyan said there was nowhere within the laws of Nigeria that the powers to broadcast presidential executive orders such as the declaration of curfews and restriction of movements were vested in the Office of the SGF.

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He said the action of the SGF had brought serious confusion in the polity regarding the legality or otherwise of the directives contained in the SGF’s announcement.

Ologbondiyan said, “Such powers are vested in the person and office of Mr. President and not exercisable by proxy, directly or indirectly; which makes the action of the SGF a recipe for serious constitutional crisis in our country.

“Our nation is a state governed by dictates of the law, particularly in the exercise of powers vested in statutory offices, especially that of the President.

“The PDP holds that the announcement by the SGF is, therefore, another manifestation of abuse of our statutory offices arising from the abdication of responsibilities by President Buhari since the last five years, which had also become more pronounced in this fight against COVID-19.”

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