By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJAâ€”Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has asked Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to dissolve the Executive Council of the Federation and reconstitute same to include vibrant Nigerians with the task of reviving the nation.
CNPP said its position is based on the conviction that the Vice President can now begin the task of building Nigeria in earnest now that several court rulings and the Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa has said he is already â€˜exercising full presidential powersâ€™.
A statement by CNPP Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu noted, â€œit is obvious that Nigeria has grounded to a halt since President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua absconded from his duty post for health reasons over 60 days agoâ€.
â€œWhile taxpayersâ€™ money is providing world class medical treatment for President Yarâ€™Adua in Saudi Arabia, the suffering faced by Nigerians is worsening on a daily basis because of the power play over the presidentâ€™s absence. Dissolving and re-constituting the cabinet will immediately ensure that Nigeria gets back on track.â€
Warns Jonathan against working with present cabinet
The statement warned that working with the cabinet as presently constituted will leave the Vice President with credibility problems since â€œNigerian are very much aware of the roles played by some members of the cabinet in perpetrating the confusion that is now threatening to tear the nation apart.â€
â€œWe appreciate the quality of being loyal to oneâ€™s boss; we also know that national interest should not be sacrificed in the name of being loyal to a man that has repeatedly refused the well intended advice to step down or formally transfer power to the person constitutionally designated.
It is more appalling that the advice President Yarâ€™Adua is willfully spurning came from the country and even within his own party, the PDP.â€
Continuing, Ezugwu said, â€œwhile patience and inaction on the part of Goodluck Jonathan had paid off in the past, the measure of these that he has so far exercised in this matter is enough, considering that the future of a nation and her people is at stake hereâ€.
â€œRight now, federal lawmakers are unable to focus on the 2010 National Budget, even the Supplementary Budget claimed to have been signed by the president is being contested, members of the executive council are worried about the next line of lies to tell in defence of a man who is not helping the nation, governors are unable to concentrate on their states, Nigeria is increasingly being ridiculed and insulted on the international sceneâ€.