By Dapo Akinrefon, Japhet Alakam, Gbenga Oke & Chukwuma Nwakama
SENATE Deputy Minority leader, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, yesterday said the prolonged absence of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and failure to hand over power to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan were treasonable just as National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, called on the Federal Executive Council to empower the Vice President to act on behalf of the President in order to endÂ the continuous power vacuum in the country.
The duo spoke in Lagos at a book launch entitled: Tenants of the House, written by a former member of the House of Representatives, Dr Wale Okediran.
According to Senator Mamora, â€œitâ€™s simple, go and look at Section 1(2) of the constitution, it says that Nigeria shall not be governed in a manner not provided for in the constitution. Thatâ€™s what is says. But the last 66 days is such that people have been governing this country in a manner, not prescribed by the constitution and that is treason.â€
He, however, urged Nigerians not to be â€œdocile and believe that things will change. We just have to fight and struggle for it, thatâ€™s exactly what Iâ€™m saying.â€
Mamora, who faulted the absence of ailing President Yarâ€™Adua from the country for 66 days said: â€œWhat has happened in Nigeria in the last 66 days is an eloquent essay on how not to run a country. Nigeria is now governed in a manner not consistent with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
â€œWhat has happened in the last 66 days is treason. In the exercise of his executive powers, it cannot be under absolute free will, it has to be within the ambit of morality, public good and of course the oath of office. I do hope that Nigerians will understand the sayings of members of the legislative arm, particularly the Senate.â€
Next line of action
On the next line of action to be taken by the Senate if the power vacuum persists, the lawmaker said: â€œLetâ€™s hope and pray that following the resolution of the Senate that something will be done and done quick. I donâ€™t want to preempt the Senate in anyway, but Iâ€™m hoping that good sense and reason will prevail.â€
Empower VP â€”NBA boss
The NBA boss, who called the FEC to empower the number two citizen to act pending when the president arrives, said: â€œSomebody who has not been in the country and we have not seen him for the past two months, is not fit to run a country.â€
Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko said â€œthe irreducibleÂ minimum for us to start talking about democracy is that, we must all decide that there must be credible elections.â€
Mimiko on electoral reforms
Beside, Mimiko said the only solution to the countryâ€™s problem was electoral reforms, noting: â€œThere is only one agenda in Nigeria and that is electoral reforms. If we donâ€™t have credible elections, nobody will be accountable to the people and nothing will move in this country.â€