* Confirm existence of Yar’Adua’s letter to NASS
* Tip Yuguda for VP if…
By Jide Ajani, Gbenga Oke
The political deadlock foisted on the country by the leadership of the PDP and a cabal in the Presidency in the aftermath of President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s medical trip to Saudi Arabia appears to be nearing its end after the party and the Governors Forum confirmed at the weekend, the existence of a letter from the President to the National Assembly on his absence from the country.
The cabal, the PDP and the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Mohammed Abba-Aji not only fiercely resisted transfer of power to the Vice President, but also denied that the President ever wrote a letter, before his departure to Saudi Arabia, to the National Assembly on his trip and that power be transferred to the Vice President.
But within 24 hours of Wednesdayâ€™s memo from the information minister, Professor Dora Akunyili to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, seeking compliance with Section 145 of the Constitution, the polity began to witness twists that were unexpected.
That is inspite of the fact that Prof. Akunyiliâ€™s colleagues in the cabinet shot down her memo which they then rejected outright, and Thursdayâ€™s meeting of northern governors in Kaduna where they rejected calls for formal transfer of power to the V-P.
On Friday, the same northern governors moved to Abuja for a meeting of the larger Governorsâ€™ Forum.
A strange face at the meeting was Alhaji Abba-Aji, who according to sources, â€œrevealed some informationâ€ to the governors which led to a review of the situation on ground.
A source at the meeting told Sunday Vanguard that Abba-AjiÂ â€œpleaded passionately that the governors should not make their decision public yet.Â He was the one holding them downâ€.
Sunday Vanguard leant that part of what used to be the concern of the governors in the past regarding a common front centred on pure sentiments.
First was the relationship between President Yarâ€™Adua and some of the state governors when Yarâ€™Adua served as chief executive of Katsina State.
The other had to do with the issue of Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s emergence and ascension to the presidency.
Chairman of the Governorsâ€™ Forum, Bukola Saraki, former governor of Delta State, James Ibori and a handful of other state governors were instrumental to the ascension of Yarâ€™Adua to the presidency and, therefore, see in the present situation an opportunity to re-assert themselves.
The governors, Sunday Vanguard, gathered then agreed to find an immediate solution, the most important being to â€œprocureâ€ a letter from the President to the NASS as required by the Constitution.
This, sources said, may not be more than â€œdusting up the original letterâ€ from the President but which was not delivered, which will now be taken to the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, the PDP announced on Friday that its national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor would be leading a delegation of the party to Saudi Arabia, today, to intimate the President with the situation at home and procure a letter to the National Assembly on his medical vacation.
Govs tip Yuguda as V-P
The governors, sources also said, agreed that in the event of the President not being able to resume and Dr. Jonathan becomes President, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State should be Vice President.
He is a son-in-law to the President.
Governor Yuguda himself is keeping sealed lips on the matter although he told reporters late on Friday in Abuja that the deadlock created by the President long absence would be broken not later than this week.
Said he: â€œBy next week (this week), everything will be alright.
â€œYou will recall that the governors in December at our forum addressed the press on the Presidentâ€™s health.
â€œWe were thinking he would return on time and we must all believe life belongs to God and Iâ€™m sure before the President left, he never knew he would be there for more than two weeks.
â€œIt has dragged on for long. At the time he was leaving, he should have spoken to the V-P to act and by that time he was incapacitated to write.
â€œThe Constitution is clear on it.Â By next (this) week, the V-P will be acting President and everything will be over.â€
The governors had an unscheduled meeting with the V-P in Abuja on Friday after which their chairman, Dr. Bukola
Saraki told reporters: â€œWe associate ourselves with the court ruling that has been given, concerning the President and the Vice President and that we now agreed to meet with the leadership of the National Assembly to urge them to pass a resolution recognising the Vice President as the acting President of the nationâ€.