…commends Jonathan, reassures Nigerians
By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”FOLLOWING the growing tension over the prolonged absence of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua who left the country 23 November 2009, for medical attention, the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that the President has been discharged from the hospital.
The PDP BoT said, even without President Yarâ€™Adua handing over to Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan in a constitutional manner, however, commended him for what it described as â€œthe vice discharging the duties of the President in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.â€
In two different statements yesterday on the outcome of last Thursdayâ€™s BoT meeting, the PDP National Secretary, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, declared that the situation in the country was under control as both the Executive and the National Assembly have been performing their constitutional duties, despite the absence of President Yarâ€™Adua.
According to him, in line with the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, there was no vacuum in the leadership of the country against the backdrop that the Vice President can act for the President in the latterâ€™s absence without any formal handover.
Part of the statement reads, â€œRising from its BoT meeting held last Thursday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, noted the encouraging reports that the President had spoken on the telephone to some principal officers of the country, as well as to the media, has been discharged from the hospital and he expressed the hope of returning home as soon as possible.
â€œNoted, furthermore that both Houses of the National Assembly, as well as the Federal Executive Council under the Vice President, had debated the Presidentâ€™s absence and adopted patriotic resolutions that should help to restore confidence in the nationâ€™s and the governmentâ€™s ability to effectively deal with the developing issues of this temporary challenge. The Party commends all these institutions for their dedication and deep sense of responsibility, and enjoins them to remain constant and resolute.