Despite the National Assembly’s resolution that made Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan an Acting President last Tuesday, pressure has continued to mount on the Federal Executive Council to invoke Section 144 of the 1999 Constitution.
The conference of Nigeria Political Parties, the Save Nigeria Group and a former Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Alhaji Farouk Adamu on Sunday said the activation of section 144 of the constitution was the only acceptable intervention that could provide a lasting solution to the current constitutional crisis.
The section states that ‘The President (or Vice-President) shall cease to hold office if by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of all the members of the Executive Council of the Federation it is declared that the President or Vice-President is incapable of discharging the function of this office.’
The CNPP said it was necessary for the ministers to address the deficiency in the resolution by activating the said provision of the constitution, as the legislature only relied on a British Broadcasting Corporation’s interview to justify its action.
The CNPP’s position was made known by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu in Abuja.
Similarly, Adamu has advised pro-Jonathan governors to put pressure on ministers to comply with section 144.
He explained that it was imperative for the Council to determine whether President Umaru Yar’Adua was incapacitated or not, stressing that the manner in which Jonathan emerged as Acting President was alien to the country’s constitution.
The former House of Representatives leader said he went to court to seek compliance with section 145 because of the anomaly.
The section demands the transmission of a letter from the President to the National Assembly whenever he is on vacation or on medical leave.
Adamu, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday, said that if section 145 could not be achieved, the federal cabinet must discharge the responsibility imposed on it by invoking section 144.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, had penultimate Wednesday presented a memo to the Council in this regard, which sharply divided the body, but was subsequently withdrawn following the National Assembly’s resolution.
The CNPP said, “We believe that section 144 will cure the deficiency in the resolution by the National Assembly in which it relied on a BBC interview.
“A two-thirds resolution of the Federal Executive Council is needed to raise a medical panel that will afford Nigerians the opportunity to know the state of health of their President.
“Members of the House of Representatives that went to see him are back without seeing him, the governors went there and they never saw him; the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party travelled to Saudi Arabia and returned without seeing him.
“To the best of our knowledge, the Director-General of SSS, DG NIA, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, none has seen the President since he left the shores of Nigeria on November 23, 2009.
“Therefore, it becomes imperative that section 144 be invoked.”
According to Adamu, “The ministers should declare the President incapacitated by dealing with section 144; that is the only way Jonathan could become the Acting President.”
In a related development, the CNPP has warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stay away from Jonathan’s administration.
It said that Obasanjo could be a bad influence on the government, adding that it vehemently opposed his “nocturnal visit to Jonathan shortly after he became Acting President.”
The CNPP said that genuine electoral reforms, which Nigerians earnestly expected from Jonathan, might be jeopardised if Obasanjo was allowed to meddle in the running of the current government
The coalition, led by the Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, declared this in a statement by Okechukwu.
Though, the CNPP recognised Obasanjo’s right to associate freely in line with the constitution, it however, noted that the ex-President contributed to the current political logjam and the mess associated with the 2007 general election.
It said, “We are tempted to ask, what has Chief Obasanjo left in the State House, Aso Villa, after eight years of misrule that he wants to pick up now?
“CNPP is asking this question in the Obasanjo tradition, because barely 48 hours after the February 9, 2010 National Assembly controversial but common ground resolution, we sighted Obasanjo at the Aguda Lodge, Aso Villa, the official residence of the Acting President.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Obasanjo’s nocturnal visit is neither in the interest of the nation nor in the interest of the Acting President; consequently, we strongly plead with him to stay away. He cannot recover the Third Term; it is gone forever.
“CNPP is worried that Obasanjo, if allowed to meddle in the Jonathan presidency, might halt genuine electoral reform, Niger Delta post-amnesty programme and revamping of infrastructure that collapsed under his watch.”
Also, the Save Nigeria Group has rejected last Tuesday’s resolution of the National Assembly pronouncing Jonathan as the Acting President.
It said the acceptance of the questionable BBC interview as a substitute for Yar’Adua’s vacation letter amounted to “rigging and a manipulation of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.”
Besides, the SNG noted at its review meeting which had in attendance the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and other prominent members of the group, that its protest marches in Abuja, Lagos, London and New York were for the restoration of the citizens’ dignity through a constitutional resolution and not any pronouncement of Jonathan as ‘Acting President.’
In a statement on Sunday by Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Mr. Solomon Asemota, SAN, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Mr. Uche Onyeogocha and Mallam Salihu Lukman, the group maintained that while it wanted Jonathan to assume full responsibility, it rejected the extra-invocation of the ‘doctrine of necessity’ which was ‘a dangerous precedent that could become handy to execute an unpopular agenda against the people in the future.’
It also called for the commencement of a proper constitutional process of installing Jonathan as President with a vice-president, urging FEC to pass a resolution declaring Yar’Adua incapacitated in compliance with Section 144 of the constitution.
The group also demanded the prosecution of those involved in the alleged forging of the President’s signature on the supplementary budget.
Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.
Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.
Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;
“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”
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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims
Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.
It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.
The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.
Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.
In his words;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.
The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own.
my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue
we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price
I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you
While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”
Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.
If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”
See his post below:
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
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