By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€”Â A business mogul and an in-law to the former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Chief Sunny Okogwu has asked the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to gazette the empowerment of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President of the country.
Okogwu said in an interview with newsmen at his Ship House residence that â€œunless and until that is done, every action taken so far by the Acting President will be null and void because he has not been sworn in as Acting President and the Senate does not have the power to make him act as one.â€
He said the absence of the gazette, conferring authority on Jonathan as the Acting President, had made it look as if the offices of the President and Vice President were vacant at the moment, thus making it possible for the President of the Senate to take over as Acting President in line with Section 146 of theÂ 1999 Constitution.
According to Okogwu, â€œwe do not have an authoritative man heading this administration as we stand now and the two seats are vacant (President and Vice President) and so, there cannot be an executive council meetingâ€.
He aid the prediction by the United States of America that Nigeria may disintegrate would materialize, if urgent action was not taken to legitimize the Acting Presidentâ€™s hold on power, adding: â€œThat is why I am talking.â€
Okogwu then urged the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, and other members of the FEC to expedite action on the issue to enable Jonathan assume full presidential powers.
â€œWhen they meet tomorrow (today), they should give Jonathan the authority to act. At the moment, Jonathan has not gotten the authority to act and anything done by him will be null and void.
â€œThe FEC should empower Jonathan tomorrow. If not, Jonathan will be out and the two seats will be vacant. They should come out with a gazette announcing the authority given to Jonathan to act as Acting President.
â€œThat gazette should be presented tomorrow. Otherwise, it means that Nigeria has no President and no Vice President. When that happens, according to our constitution, it will now be known that there is no government in Nigeria and what happens next is for the Senate President to take over.
â€œThe National Assembly does not even have the power to resolve that the Vice President should act as President because he is under oath to remain the Vice President till their tenure expires. That oath still subsists.
â€œHe cannot act as Acting President because he has not been sworn in and gazetted as acting President. The senate knows the constitution and it says for the unexpired tenure of our president, another president should be nominated to