Itâ€™s too early â€” Ogbulafor
By Daniel Idonor, Abuja
AS the rumour over the possible endorsement of the Secretary toÂ Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Ahmed Mahmmud Yayale, as Nigeriaâ€™s new Vice President thickens, the SGFÂ , yesterday declared that he is still Nigeriaâ€™s SGF, as he has not gotten another job yet.
Yayale who many considerÂ as a stabilizing force in this governmentÂ Â Â stated that while the political logjam existed he had to do what he did because fate and the oath of office have bestowed on him that crucial responsibilityÂ .
Apparently ready to play that same roleÂ Â again, Yayale said he had no regret over his actions in government.
A source said that a crucial meeting was held yesterday to decide who the VP should be. Those at the meeting which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at his official residence were the National Security Adviser, General Mohammed Gusau, the Director_Generals of the State Security Service (SSS) and Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The meeting preceded a similar meeting between the People Democratic Governors and President Jonathan. A source said that the issue of the VP dominated discussions betweenÂ Â the governors and the President even though they visited him over the demise of President Yarâ€™Adua.
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents, Yayale who appeared unconcerned said â€œI am not aware of anything (appointment), my policy in life is that if I am in a position, I justify the position I am in because that is what God has asked me to do. Any other higher position whether it will come or not, depends on Godâ€.
According to him, â€œI have not been doing anything to really get distracted or out of focus for selfish reasons which is why I remain resolute during the period of crisis because I am supposedÂ to do that. If I did it for the purpose of selfish interest I would have failedâ€.
He said â€œmy position up till now is that I am the SGF and anything that must be done accurately must be done. I do not think of any other position when it comes whether higher or lower.â€
Also speaking on the appointment of a new Vice President, the National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Vincent Ogbolafor said â€œI think is too early, we will flow with the President Goodluck Jonathan and he is ready at least he has declared seven days mourning for President Umaru Musa Yar Adua. Let s respect the dead after that we can now talk of the Vice President.
Asked if the party has decided onÂ e zoning the position of the VP, he said â€œNo the party has not taken a decision. I said lets respect the dead. The President has declared seven days mourning and all the flags in this country are flowing at half mast, we have lost somebody who is dear to us, who has served this country and all Nigerians we expect that youÂ should pray for the repose of his soul.
It was only yesterday that weÂ buried him and we can t be talking about anything today. We have left the matter to President Jonathan to handle.