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Yar’Adua’s aides bow to Jonathan

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—AFTER about 48 hours of non-stop high level politicking in Aso Rock, ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua’s henchmen, yesterday, toed the path of honour by admitting that the fight so far was a bad one, as they have unanimously resolved to halt political fireworks and accept Jonathan as the nation’s Acting President.

Olusegun Adeniyi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President spoke volumes of this when he fielded questions from State House Correspondents, saying: “we are all under Dr. Jonathan now as the Acting President and Commander-in-Chief until the president returns to office fully.”

He said: “The Acting President and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Jonathan continues to run the affairs of the country until the president is fit to takeover. The statement is very clear that the Acting President continues to run the affairs of the nation and that remains the situation as far as I am concerned, and as far as the President is concerned.

“We run one Presidency and the Acting President has already called for a meeting and I believe the meeting will hold tomorrow to brief us on how things will go and how he will run the Presidency and everybody is included, especially those who just returned from Saudi Arabia.

Segun Adeniyi’s clarification

So it’s just one Presidency and we are all under Dr. Jonathan now as the Acting President and Commander-in-Chief until the President returns to office fully.” Adeniyi clarified his earlier statement that the Acting President wants to meet with Turai Yar’Adua.

According to him, “If you ask anybody who was at the meeting he or she will tell you that what you have there in the press is not what actually happened. I was not actually there; I was doing something in the office and before I got there the meeting was over.

“Yes, the President has arrived, Jonathan has not seen him, he suggested that he would call on the first family; he would see the First Lady and then the President. So when you hear that Turai is in charge, Turai takes over, all those things are not correct.

“It’s been very unfair to the First Lady at the time she is nursing her husband. So there is no such thing and you don’t expect the Acting President, Dr. Jonathan to report to the First Lady, it is abnormal and it won’t happen.

What the Acting President actually said was that he was going to see the first lady and ask about the husband, that is the President, and probably see him. To me that is the normal situation, which I believe, is the natural thing to do.

What is the relationship between the President and the Acting President?

“Very cordial relationship. I know for a fact that when the President was in Saudi Arabia, medical report of the President was being sent to the Acting President on the instruction of the President.

The last one was last Friday. Dr. Salisu, the President’s Chief Physician sent to the Acting President through the ambassador a forwarding letter, I was copied. I have a copy of the medical report on the President’s health and if you read the letter sent by the President he addressed Dr. Jonathan as the Acting President. I have a copy of the letter.

“They have always had a cordial relationship and I also know for a fact that several times in the council when the President was presiding he always said it that anytime he was not around no memo should wait for him, that they should go to the Acting President, then the VP and also when there was friction between Ministers and Minister of State, he mentioned the kind of cordial relationship he had with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan then as his Vice President. So as far as I am concerned, they had a very cordial relationship.


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