Two presidential aides, Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Matters and Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant on Niger Delta affairs have joined the State Minister for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, to demand the removal of Mala Buni, Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress who is also the Governor of Yobe State.
The duo, in a joint statement posted on social media on Thursday questioned the legality of Buni’s leadership, that the Supreme Court judgement in favour of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is a narrow victory for the party that had again brought to fore subdued concerns and agitations of many members of the party.
The presidential aides’ reaction came on the heels of Festus Keyamo’s warning on Wednesday of the imminent legal implication of Buni-led leadership on the party if aggrieved members choose to seek redress in court.
Aligning their concerns with that of Keyamo , Ojudu and Enang revealed that they had raised similar issues earlier but that it was swept under carpet by powers within the ruling party.
The duo in a statement said: “It has long been in contention whether unelected officers of a political party can exercise the powers of party vested in the Chairman and officers of the Party who ought, by Party’s Constitution to be elected at duly convened convention of the Party at the National level and congresses at State and other levels.
“A cursory reading of the Minority judgment, we submit, appears to have swept the carpet of legality off the CECPC rendering it illegal, null, void and of no legal capacity to undertake any action on behalf and in the name of the Party.
“It has also brought to question the legality of ALL the actions taken by him since inception.”