Atiku’s Ex-aide says MKO’s Honour Illegal, Threatens Legal Action
A former presidential aide, Dr. Umar Ardo, has called on President Buhari to convene a meeting of National Council of State to approve the national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic given to Abiola.
Ardo, in a text message to news correspondents in Abuja on Sunday, said that the council should meet and approve the honour in order not to subject it to unnecessary legal interpretation.
Ardo, who was seconded to the office of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar while working in the Presidential Villa during the regime of former President Obasanjo, said he had spoken with some members of the Council of State and they had denied discussing the award at any meeting.
He said, “…Therefore, to go ahead and perform the investiture ceremony as planned is to indulge in flagrant illegality.”
“Having campaigned on, sworn in and is on oath to govern this country in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and due process of law, and to defend and protect the said constitution, the President cannot confer national awards on the late Chief MKO Abiola, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and Chief Gani Fawehinmi or anyone else without subjecting his decision to the advice of the Council of State as stipulated in the constitution.”
“To do so is a breach not only of the constitution but also of the oath sworn to by the President. That is unacceptable.”
“…I will institute a court action demanding compliance with the provisions of the constitution in the award of the said national honours if the government goes ahead with the investiture ceremony without abiding by the due process of law.”
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