By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”THERE were strong indications that despite the fury caused by the controversial meeting between the ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and some Islamic clerics, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who is yet to see Yarâ€™Adua, has no plan to disgrace Yarâ€™Adua from office.
Vanguard can authoritatively reveal that the meeting which allegedly held, Thursday, was interpreted as spiteful on the Acting President. Facts emerged, yesterday, that there was pressure on Jonathan to speedily constitute the cabinet to pass a resolution that President Yarâ€™Adua was incapacitated. Such a resolution would, expectedly, ignite the process of Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s removal from office by the National Assembly.
But rather than succumb to the pressure, said to be coming from politicians of Northern extraction, it was gathered that Jonathan has begun moves aimed at saving Yarâ€™Adua from the public embarrassment of impeachment.
Further treatment for Yar’Adua
One of such moves, Vanguard was told, is for Jonathan to persuade the first family to allow the ailing President undertake further medical treatment abroad; as Jonathan might have actually approved the treatment of President Yarâ€™Adua in yet to be named country.
Vanguard was told by a returning minister that contrary to report of a possible impeachment moves against the ailing President; Jonathan was not working to undermine President Yarâ€™Adua in any way.
The source which preferred anonymity, said the so-called cabal which wanted Yarâ€™Adua to remain in office despite his ill-health, was largely misunderstood over its position, which was for a soft landing for Yarâ€™Adua that will allow him time to recover and then resign honourably.
The source said: â€œThere was no time that Jonathan wanted Yarâ€™Adua impeached or removed from office, ignominiously. No. The Acting President had always insisted that President Yarâ€™Adua must not be disgraced and that was also our position.
â€œSo many Nigerians did not know what was going on. They felt that some of us were just there insisting that Yarâ€™Adua must remain as President despite his state of health. Nobody ever clamoured for that position. What we said was that the man has not done anything to deserve being disgraced and I think that was fair enough on our part.â€
The minister-designate said it was very disturbing when many people believed the rumours that some close associates of Yarâ€™Adua were working against the interests of the whole country by insisting that the ailing president must remain in power.
He noted: â€œWhat we did was to say no you canâ€™t just push the man aside, rather letâ€™s look for a soft landing for him, but so many people felt we wanted the man to remain in power despite his ill health. We know that the man is sick and we never wanted him to remain there just like that.
â€œWhat we were trying to do before the cabinet was dissolved was to agree on where the man would go to receive proper treatment and when he gets a little better he can resign. That was the premise we were working on before the cabinet was sacked.â€