By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Bayelsa State Government has dismissed claims of Governor Timipre Sylvaâ€™s membership of a clique planning to truncate the possible emergence of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President.
Tension had been mounting in the Niger Delta over the unending speculations, especially with the allegation that some South-South governors were opposed to Jonathan emerging as Acting President.
In a reaction , an aide to the Bayelsa State governor, Chief Nathan Egba, dismissed the allegations as the handiwork of mischief makers.
Egba, who is the Director-General of the stateâ€™s Tourism and Publicity Bureau, said:Â Â â€œAsk yourself, what can Governor Sylva really do to stop the Vice President from becoming the Acting President of the country in a situation where the Vice President must become the Acting President?
â€œIf, for instance, the President cannot come back immediately to perform his function properly because of his health, is it not only proper that the Vice President to become the Acting President?
â€œCan Governor Sylva then stop him in that kind of situation?Â Or, if the Senate, in its wisdom, in the course of the current debate that is going on, eventually passes a motion to say that the Vice President be sworn-in to be acting until such a time that the President comes back and is strong enough to take over his responsibility, can Governor Sylva stop that Senate resolution from being implemented?â€
He wondered if there was any role for a governor in the installation a president to warrant people making such speculations.
According to him, â€œIs there anywhere in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that gives governors a role in deciding whether or not the Vice President should be installed as Acting President?
â€œThe courts have recently passed a ruling calling on the Federal Executive Council to make a statement on the state of the presidentâ€™s health within 14 days. Now, if at the end of the the 14 days, letâ€™s supposed that the FEC actually comes up with a resolution, saying, â€˜yes, in the present state of the president, he is not strong enough to rule the country until such a time he gets better.
â€œSo, we believe that the vice president should be made acting president.â€™ Can Governor Sylva go and overturn such FEC decision?â€