The APC described Sagay’s comment against the National Assembly as uncalled for and regrettable.
Sagay was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC).
In a statement by APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the ruling party described Sagay’s comment as uncalled for and regrettable.
The statement reads:
“The APC urges Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) to exercise restraint and desist from making utterances that may be misconstrued as an attack on the institution of the National Assembly.
“Our expectation would be that as a Law Professor of repute, Sagay would appreciate the need to not denigrate the institutions of democracy, be it the executive, legislature or judiciary.
"Moreover, as an appointee of Mr. President, we should expect the learned Professor to key into his principal's temper and help him to make friends that would make his job easier and not make enemies of people who, by virtue of the position they occupy under our law, are critical to the running of government and the nurturing of our democracy.
"APC specifically objects to the Professor's call on the Senate to withdraw invitation extended to him. As someone appointed by our government, we find this kind of posturing unacceptable and potentially injurious to the peace efforts by the Party.
"APC wishes to reiterate its earlier position admonishing all elected or appointed officials of our government to desist from utterances that may endanger efforts to build harmonious relationship between the two arms of government. Prof. Sagay should not operate outside this admonition."
The APC spokesman called on the National Assembly to further intensify its efforts to ensure timely passage of the 2017 National Budget.