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I can’t direct Jonathan to take over Presidency, by Aondoakaa

ABUJA—Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, SAN, has debunked claims that he wrote to the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan to take over from President Umaru Yar’ Adua due to his ill health.

The AGF, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Onov Tyuulugh, noted that, the insinuation was wrong in its entirety and that “I as the number one law officer of the Federation do not have such powers to direct the vice president to take over.

”According to him, “the relevant section of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vests the powers to appoint or replace the President of the federation on the National Assembly.

He also noted that the Chief Justice of the federation, the President of the Court of Appeal or any Judicial officer can function in that capacity after taking their oath of office as stipulated in section 290 of the constitution.

Aondoakaa noted that it has become necessary to make the clarification following  the misconceptions making the rounds on the position of the President and the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan.

There have been claims and counter claims on the need for the Vice President to take over the duties of the President following the absence of President Umaru Yar’ Adua, who has been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia since November, due to ill health.


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