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“Controversy over Osinbajo’s status a mere distraction” – Lai Mohammed

According to Nigerian Politics Online, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said the controversy over the current status of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is a mere distraction.

Mohammed, said this while addressing State House journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Osinbajo.

Recall that Senate President, Bukola Saraki on tuesday during plenary read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the legislature of his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

However, the letter was criticized by one of the lawmakers, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa who argued that the letter was ambigous and thereby should be disregarded.

According to Senator, “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.”

Saraki, who presided over the plenary, however, ruled Ohuabunwa out of order.

According to the minister: “It’s a needless controversy, it’s just a distraction, the operating sentence is that in compliance of section 145(1), any other word used is not relevant.”

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