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Ministers ‘ll not betray Yar’Adua — Yayale

…says FEC confers powers on Jonathan

By Emmanuel Aziken & Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—The Federal Executive Council will not betray President Umaru Yar‘Adua by provoking constitutional clauses to remove him from office on health grounds, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed told Senators yesterday.

Ahmed who appeared before the Senate, however, told the Senators that the Federal Executive Council at its meeting on 2 December 2009 conferred powers on Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan to execute all the office of President on behalf of the President.

The SGF also told Senators that President Yar‘Adua had verbally directed Vice-President, Jonathan to carry out his functions before he left the country.

Ahmed who testified for about two hours yesterday was described by sources as sometimes evasive but the SGF was universally reported as saying that Vice-President Jonathan was doing well in the role of carrying out presidential assignments.

Ahmed who answered an estimated 30 questions from Senators also confessed that he had neither seen President Yar‘Adua since he left the country on 24 November 2009 nor spoken to him.

He, however, confirmed for the first time that a letter transmitting presidential powers to Vice-President Jonathan was prepared for the National Assembly last March when President Yar‘Adua went on medical treatment but said the letter got missing between the offices of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa and the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba Aji.

Ahmed was quoted as telling the Senators that the last time he saw the President was on the 18 November 2009 apparently during the routine Federal Executive Council meeting.


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