By Emeka MAMAH, Kaduna
The Secretary toÂ the Government of the FederationÂ (SGF), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed may be appointedÂ Vice President anytime PresidentÂ Umaru Yarâ€™Adua submits his letter of resignation to the National AssemblyÂ in view of his incapacitation due to ill health at Saudi Arabia where he has been in hospital for over two months now.
Sources told Saturday Vanguard that the lobby group working for Yayaleâ€™s emergence in both the NationalÂ Assembly and the ruling Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) believe that Yayale has got both the experience andÂ personal integrityÂ to occupy the number twoÂ position in the country.
This is even as the National Assembly has concluded plans to amend the constitution to make it an impeachable offence for a serving governor orÂ President to travel outside the country or his state for two weeks without handing over power to either the Vice President or Deputy Governor.
The group, which includes some northern governors, is said to have rejected names submitted to it from the Northwest geo-political zone of the country for the position, citing the long list of people who have occupied theÂ presidency from the area.
Those who have been president from the northwest include late General Murtala Mohammed, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, late General Sani Abacha , and the current President, Alhaji Yarâ€™Adua, who has been in a Saudi Arabian hospital for over nine weeks now.
It was learnt that the group was not comfortable with the current political logjam over the inability of the Yarâ€™Adua to hand over power to the Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in spite of the fact that he cannot perform his normal functions as President.
They are however, blaming some few northerners and south-south people like Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s wife, Turair , ministers of finance and agriculture, the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, a business mogul, Alhaji MangalÂ and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara state as those whoÂ are said to be opposed to the handing over power to Dr. Jonathan on acting capacity pending whenÂ Yarâ€™Adua
At the Senate arm of the National Assembly , the sources said thatÂ most members are now in favour of Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s outrightÂ resignation, having realized that they been all the while, deceived on magnitude of the complications of the presidentâ€™s health challenge.
The situation is however said to be different in the House of Representatives as the Speaker,Â Hon. DimejiÂ Bankole is said to be supporting the Presidentâ€™s men because of the fearÂ of losing his position, if the Speakership was re-zoned to anotherÂ geo-political area whenÂ Jonathan takes over as a President from Bayelsa state which is in the south.
Bankoleâ€™s fears over his position is coming against the backdrop of his quarrel with some PDP bigwigs in his home area of the southwest includingÂ Â former President Olusegun Obasanjo and GovernorÂ Gbenga Daniel of Ogun state.