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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pres Buhari didn’t name Osinbajo Acting President in his letter-Senator Ohuabunwa says

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa on Tuesday, raised an objection to the content of the letter sent to the senate by President Buhari regarding his indefinite medical follow-up in the UK. President Buhari's letter was read on the floor of the senate by Senate president Bukola Saraki. Ohuabunwa argued that the letter did not transfer power to Osinbajo as it did not refer to him as the Acting President of Nigeria.
President Buhari who left for his medical follow-up in the UK on Sunday May 7th, had in the letter to the senate, stated that he was handing over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who will 2coordinate the activities of the government"
When the letter was read on the floor of the senate, Senator Ohuabunwa pointed out that President Buhari's letter did not state that Osinbajo would preside over the country as Acting President. Ohabunwa pointed out that it is breech of the constitution for the letter to state that Osinbajo would coordinate the affairs of the government. According to Ohabunwa, the Nigerian constitution recognizes an acting president and not a "coordinator of the affairs of government". Ohabunwa said the transfer of power to Osinbajo was not clearly stated in the letter.

“Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them the written declaration to the contrary, such function shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President. Mr. President, I don’t think in our Constitution we have anything like ‘coordinating president’ or ‘coordinating vice president.’ It is either you are vice president or you are acting president and any letter (on transfer of power) should be unambiguous and very clear. 
So, I am saying that this letter really does not convey anything because ‘coordinating’ has no space or any place in our Constitution. We have been having letters like this in which he will tell us who is the acting president and we will know who to deal with as a Senate. This is the highest legislative body of any country and if you are sending us a letter, it should be direct, unambiguous. So, I am saying that this letter, for me, is not right and maybe it should be sent back.” he said.
Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, however countered Ohuabunwa's argument saying President Buhari had fulfilled the provisions of Section 145 of the Constitution by transmitting the letter.
“Let me say that the point of order raised by my colleague and the explanation that subsequently followed should not have been and my reasons are simple. I still rely on the first paragraph of that letter which Mr. President wrote to this Senate and read by President of the Senate and I will read Section 145. Any other word in this letter or indeed anywhere else is irrelevant. I, therefore, feel that Mr. President has done what the Constitution requires him to do and I urge this Senate not to go ahead to discuss this because it is not an issue. We have the budget and so many other serious issues for us to discuss and Nigerians are waiting.”
Ruling on the debate, the senate president, Bukola Saraki, dismissed Ohuabunwa's argument and ruled him out of order.
“I think it is a very clear issue and what we should be guided by is the Constitution, and I think that it is clear. The letter has referred to the Constitution (Section 145) and there is no ambiguity in the Constitution. So, I don’t think there is any issue there. Let me first rule you out of order, Senator Mao.” he said.

20 comments:

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

So who else would have taken over?


... Merited happiness

Esthera said...

Dirty politics. Senator Mao is right, President Buhari knows what he's doing, upholding the Hausa agenda even on his death bed. Dia is God

gentle said...

This one will now lead to power struggle.. Of all countries, why was I in this one? God knows best.

Anonymous said...

Common sense is afterall not common in the Nigerian senate...who is next to President to take over when he is away? Stupid ignorant illeterate of a so called senator of nigeria.

Anonymous said...

HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!!!

ogbonna nwabueze said...

All this brainless senators all they know is their seating allowance,How can u not know that the 1999 constitution as amended had already taken care of that. Where the president is not around the vice President fills that void

Esther Norah said...

Pls who is this one bikonu? Na so riot go take start. What is a vice president there for if d president isn't around. Must it be stated, it shod be obvious he will preside. Na hausa man be dis? cos na so dem go start fight even wen d president neva die idiot period

Enegide Philip said...

And d conspiracy jus began!!!

Kadiri Abdulrahman said...

That was a non issue, and I wonder why some PDP members cannot hide their hatred for Buhari. "In compliance with section 145(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended'' took care of any ambiguity or confusion, even through there was non whatsoever. In any case, anyone in charge of government will naturally coordinate affairs of government. That's what Buhari does as president and that's what Osinbajo will do as acting president. It was good that the rabble rouser was ruled out of order.

Anonymous said...

Northern agenda. Their insecurities must be protected.

ifeoma's verdict said...

Hausa people know what dey are doing, i pity yoruba pple, una neva see anytin. These are d things ojukwu saw then, dat he wanted us to split, but the yorubas foolishly scattered everytin. Up till now dey are stil foolish and blind to d fact dat d hausas love only themseves.

Anonymous said...

You guys continue to cover up issues. Nothing is straightforward in this administration. Shame on the executive appendage called senate.

Anonymous said...

This scheming means Buhari is seriously ill and anything could happen to him anytime. The northerners are scared again of the Yaradua saga starting all over again.

Vivian Reginalds said...

mumu country!
them cabal are just mad men so suddenly they lack common sense?
Abeg don't give osinbanjo HBP
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Ibo man with narrow mind. Nitwit politician. Once a letter is transmitted in line with the constitution which the president has done, he automatically become the acting president

Anonymous said...

It hurts me so much that I can't provide for my family. And feeding ones a day has become an issue. It was not this way when my salary comes in every month but now for over 4months I've not been paid. Abeg my people help your brother with food stuff even if is with half paint of garri I will appreciate please. My name is Micheal and this is my email address michealmicheal046@gmail.com

yankhi said...

It's simply because we think with our brains and not our anus, we avert war, everything will fall in place in due course, u can continue with dis kind of utterances, it's what ur people do best

Anonymous said...

It does not matter what he wrote. The constitution is clear. The vice president is the acting president in case a president is incapacitated as in this case.

Sewen Ken said...

Guess the senator himself should step in as the acting president since the president did not mention the name of the VP...dont know why the national assembly member do use their common sense ...for the fact senator Ben Bruce always preach about common sense .

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