The Senate Tuesday resolved to have Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President until President Umar Musa Yar'Adua returns from his medical trip abroad and is fit to return to his position.

The senate resolution Tuesday was the climax of intensive lobbying by both Pro-Jonathan Senators and the Pro-Yar'Adua group in the upper legislative House.

It would be recalled that the Governors Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum and even the Information Minister Prof. Dora Akunyili, have all called for the official recognition of Jonathan Goodluck as acting President pending the full recovery of ailing President Yar'Adua who has been away for over 70 days on medical trip in Saudi Arabia. Details later...

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Comment by AGUNBIADE Pius on February 9, 2010 at 10:38pm
What are turn around after several calling for more democratic and respect of some of the provisions of our constitution, without any human or personal consideration added to it. But now is the beginning of the proper problems we are only trying to solve the immediate-there is a bomb somewhere that will inventually explode we now need to discuss our society problems take it now or avoid it- it will surely come as "PDP" has enshrine it as the code of national ethic for power shifting and sharing, whether verbally or written that agreement alone go against the spirit of the written constitution and in conflict with. because it seems as if other political parties are toeing that simple unwriting arrangement and strange to anything which is written.
It should be another subject of our forum discussion, here i can not sound very much objectives as am rushing to go and take my flight to Finland on mission work for my company, house i will join you people next time be peaceful God bless u all.
Comment by jenny on February 9, 2010 at 10:34pm
thks my dear paliamentarians,its better late than to be absent,i rest my case
Comment by jackson bright on February 9, 2010 at 10:33pm
God bless NIGERIA
Comment by isaiah okonofua on February 9, 2010 at 10:25pm
thank God that the constitution was not allow to turn upside down,the NASS assembly has for once prove people wrong,but was too late
Comment by VICTORY UGWUMSINACHI on February 9, 2010 at 10:14pm
My countrymen, I had earlier said here that now is the beginning of our problems as the senate has fall to pressures to pass resolution empowering the vice president as acting president noting that people will go to court to challenge the actions of the senate. Today prominent Nigerians and lawyers are condemning the act, calling it illegality. The senate resolution is going to cause more confusion and more power vacuum. May GOD deliver us
Comment by Gasky Truth on February 9, 2010 at 10:13pm
Where were these legislators for the past 75 days this sickley President has been away. Now who will repair the damage control?. Stupid country with corrupt stupid leaders. So they know the right thing to do all along. Coward & Barbarians in power. Greedy idiots who do not care about Nigeria & her people except personal, ethnicitoral and selfish belief. Sycophants and maurauders parading themselves as leaders. Why actint president. Yar Adua is not even consiocious to know what is going on. The only Nigerian to be trusted is a DEAD ONE.
Comment by Ken Chuks Ebe on February 9, 2010 at 9:52pm
Lets juz pray this decision turn tinz around for the better...n hope mr. Yaradua recover as soon as possible but wateva it is im after peace and unity in the country n above all the development of infrastructures is highly needed by the mass...Peace y'all.
Comment by babake babake on February 9, 2010 at 9:29pm
So, what does ex-president Yar'Adua have to say about the senate declaration??
Comment by Just NEWS on February 9, 2010 at 9:06pm
....As CNPP lauds Senate

By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJA—The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, yesterday lauded the Senate decision to empower Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as the nation’s Acting President calling on the Federal Executive Council to follow suit today.

The CNPP, in a statement yesterday, said the Senate resolution was a soothing balm to the festering sore it said followed the contrived power vacuum emanating from the absence of the President from the country.

“CNPP rates today as a good beginning for democracy; for we had long expected the National Assembly to drive the process by relying on the doctrine of necessity, consequent upon the outright refusal of President Yar’Adua and his handlers to transmit written declaration to them,” the CNPP said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.

Urging the governors to facilitate a quicker resolution of the crisis through prevailing on their ministers, the group said: “Now that the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly, has embarked on the route to finally resolve the constitutional crisis, the Governors therefore, as the ones who nominated the Ministers that make up the Federal Executive Council, should as a matter of urgency direct their lobby to the Ministers to resolve in favour of the Professor Dora Akunyili, (Minister of Information’s) memo which will enable them to avail themselves of Section 144 of the Constitution. This is one of the quickest routes out of the final resolution of the constitutional impasse.”

“Section 144 is germane, for as we cross Section 145, it is still very important that Nigerians should know the state of the health of President Yaradua and his whereabouts,” the CNPP said.

“In the final analysis, CNPP calls on the Ministers to pass the 144-Resolution on Wednesday 10th February 2010 endorsing Section 144 of the Constitution in the interest of the corporate existence of the country; alternatively we resolve the matter on the street.”
Comment by Just NEWS on February 9, 2010 at 9:05pm
MPs’ resolution best — Na’Abba

KANO—The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has declared that the steps taken by the two legislative chambers to resolve the constitutional crisis is the best in the circumstance.

Ghali Umar Na’Abba told Vanguard in Kano that it is not a good omen for the most populous black nation to remain without a President, adding that the House resolution is satisfactory.

“A country like Nigeria with he largest population in Africa cannot afford an absentee President for as long as two months, and the steps taken so far by the two Houses is the best in the circumstance and highly satisfactory,” the former Speaker said.

Ghali has been on the side of the proponent for transfer of power to the Vice President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the interest of the rule law.

He stated that the resolution will now pave way for the smooth running of the country based on the rule of law.

In another reaction, a former member of the House Representatives, Alhaji Nasiru Garba Dantiye has dismissed the resolution as ‘wrong misapplied’.

Alhaji Nasiru Garba Dantiye stated that the ideal thing the two Houses should have done is to impeach the Presdient and proceed with a declaration confirming his Vice as substantive President.

Alhaji Nasiru Garba Dantiye explain that the two Houses does not enjoy such power in the eyes of the constitution, adding that what they have done is in tandem with Justice Abutu verdict on same.

He said that until the President transmit a letter to the National Assembly intimating them on his vacation to enable them properly situate the matter, stressing that anything outside it is ‘illegal and will not stand the test of time’

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