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Lawyer asks NASS to sack Yar’Adua

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—A legal practitioner, Chief Peter Wanogho has called on the National Assembly to impeach ailing President Umaru  Yar’Adua for breaching section 145 of the 1999 constitution and swear in Acting President Goodluck Jonathan as President of the country.

He argued that the decision of the National Assembly to elevate Jonathan to an Acting President was a political solution, which had no backing of the constitution.

Wanogho in a chat with reporters in Ughelli, Delta State yesterday, said that the Federal Executive Council ought to take the decision that the President was incapable of performing  the functions of his office as provided for under section 144 of the constitution.

“These two arms of government, the Legislature and the Executive have always been a monumental failure to this country” he said, adding “but for the Judiciary, this country would have been dead since 1999 when we returned to a seemingly democratic government.”

According to him, what ought to be done is for Dr Jonathan to assume the functions of the President of this country, the recent reappearance of Yar’Adua notwithstanding, and not in acting capacity but as a substantive President.

“Under section 144 of the constitution, by a resolution of 2/3 of the members of the Federal Executive Council that the President is not fit to perform the function of his office, the resolution is enough to remove the President, but because the Ministers saw themselves as holding offices under the whims and caprices of the President, they now made a hero out of Dora Akuyinli,” he added.


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