Abubakar Malami SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has denied accusations that he disregarded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s directions on APC State Congresses.
On President Muhammadu Buhari’s orders, Osinbajo organized a meeting of senior attorneys inside the APC on July 30 in order to find a solution to the party’s issue following the Supreme Court verdict on the Ondo state governorship election.
According to some reports, Osinbajo told Malami not to go forward with the State Congress, while others later emphasized that the Vice President did not give the AGF any orders.
The AGF stated the conduct of the congresses is totally the responsibility of the APC and has nothing to do with the Minister in a statement signed by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Umar Gwandu.
“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 remain law-abiding and wholeheartedly abiding by presidential directives.”