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Ex-Rep faults lawmakers’ action

By Ben Agande

ABUJA—A former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Farouk  Aliyu, has faulted the resolution of the National Assembly empowering Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President.

He argued that what the assembly did was ”a civilian coup against the constitution.”
Aliyu, who spoke to Vanguard, yesterday, said what the National Assembly should have done was to institute impeachment proceedings against President Umaru Yar’Adua for violating the 1999 Constitution.

Aliyu, who recently went to court to compel the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to declare President Yar’Adua as being permanently incapacitated to continue in office, said from experience, ”resolutions of the National Assembly have not been honoured by the Executive and I wonder why they are in a hurry to respect this one.

“What has happened is that the National Assembly has suspended the constitution.

This is a civilian coup against the people of Nigeria and we are going to challenge it in court. The constitution is very clear on how the Vice- President can act on behalf of the President and it did not contemplate that the National Assembly would pass a resolution asking the Vice-President to act.” he said.


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