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Yar’Adua: Group flays S-East Govs

…expresses fear over Anambra election

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA—The Southeast zone of Save Nigeria Group, SNG, yesterday flayed the reported endorsement of President Umaru Yar‘Adua’s absence from the country by Southeast Governors, saying their action was not reflective of the wishes of their people.

Leading members of the group at a briefing in Abuja yesterday said the Governors’ pronouncement that President Yar‘Adua’s failure to handover to Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as legal was at variance with the law and the thinking of the generality of the people of the Southeast geo-political zone.

The Southeast Governors Forum last week had affirmed that the President’s failure to handover to his deputy was not an illegal act.

Leaders of the Southeast zone of the SNG led by Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Dr. Sam Amadi and Barrister Benedict Ezeagu respectively also raised concern on preparations for this weekend’s Anambra gubernatorial election, saying that the absence of a voters’ register was a danger signal for a free and fair election.

“We were outraged by tepid position of the South East Governors on the constitutional crisis that assails the country resulting in power vacuum for over 60 days. The leadership vacuum has exposed Nigeria to several damaging consequences, including its listing in the countries of interest in the war on terror and the collapse of presidential amnesty to Niger Delta militants,” Mr. Okechukwu  said.

“That South East Governors did not recognize these dangers (since some of the South East states are in the Niger Delta) is shocking and exposes the lack of insight and foresight of these self-serving Governors. For the avoidance of doubt, we dissociate completely the patriotic and progressive people of South East from the shameful statement credited to the Governors of the region condemning calls for President Yar‘Adua to transfer power to Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.”


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