Presidency dismisses reports it held APC NEC meeting at council chambers of presidential Villa

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The Presidency says since President Muhammadu Buhari lives in the Presidential Villa, no one could dictate to him where he can hold meetings within the premises.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in a statement made available to newsmen in reaction to criticisms that follow the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party held at the presidential villa.

 

The critics argued that the chamber is meant for government business and that the party’s NEC meeting did not fall under the category of government business that should be conducted from the hall.

 

But the presidential spokesman said no law barred the President from holding meetings in any section of the Presidential Villa.

 

Shehu said it was erroneous to say that the meeting was convened at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, saying it was a virtual one so that the protocol of social distancing could be observed and the President needed to address party leaders from any of his offices inside the Presidential Villa.

 

The presidential aide said while it was true that state governors and leaders of the National Assembly joined President Buhari from the chamber where he spoke, the majority of the members connected via video calls.

 

He attributed the criticisms that have trailed the meeting to what he described as a lack of understanding.

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