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Yar’Adua: Senators, Aondoakaa in secret talks in Abuja

By Inalegwu Shaibu
A select group of Senators who are lawyers yesterday held a close door meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Michael Aoandoakaa with a view to find solution to the controversies generated by the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua who is currently seeking medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
The two-hour meeting, which took place in room 313 new Senate building, was chaired by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Umaru Dahiru.

Although Senator Dahiru refuses to answer questions from newsmen at the close of the meeting, Vanguard however gathered that one of the agenda in the meeting was not unconnected with possibilities of invoking section 143 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The section empowers the Federal Executive Council to communicate to the National Assembly on the need to constitute a medical board of enquiry.

Vanguard further gathered that the Senators are also tinkering with the possibilities of with section of the constitution that will enable President Yar’Adua to transmit a letter to the National Assembly, by so doing confer the powers of acting President on Dr. Good Luck Jonathan.

This is substantiated by argument by a member of the Committee from the South-South who shouted to the Chairman during the meeting that the Vice President knows what to do in the present circumstances.

He said, “The vice president knows what to do; he does not need that advice” but it was not known what advice.”


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