YAR’ADUA: LIKE ATTAH, LIKE DUKE & NNAMANI
Notable PDP stalwarts have said almost the same thing, but in different ways; about the situation in the country, the ailing PDP-powered President Umaru Yar'Adua, and the way forward.
Former governor Victor Attah said in his recent media chat that “President cannot resign today and come back tomorrow to say I want to rescind my resignation because I am well now, therefore asking him to resign would sound very extreme and final. Constitution clearly stated that if the President has to be out of the country as it were, his Vice must be properly mandated to function in his position.”
Former governor Duke, in This Day of 10/01/10 said “When the Federal Attorney General tells us that the President can rule from anywhere, that is an insult to us as Nigerians. Medical records (of the President) are sought and he says he cannot produce them because the President is a private citizen. But the President is a public figure who is paid by the taxpayers. So, all these things are happening and nobody or institution is able to call the Attorney-General to question”
Former Senate President Nnamani in Vanguard of 13/01/10 said, “The citizens should demand full observance of the constitution from its elected officials. Since the President had the strength to sign the Presidential Appropriation Bill, he should also find the strength to sign a letter to hand over power to the Vice President. The Vice-President does not need a Deputy when ordinarily mandated to act for the President unless he takes over substantively”
May I add here: That PDP has failed the nation and President Yar'Adua seems to have taken Nigerians as fools by granting the BBC a short telephone interview whereas we have our own FRCN that most Nigerians listen to; that is if he does not want us to see how he now looks, on television. Most Nigerian elected officials; especially the President, the State Governors and LGA Chairmen are taking their respective jurisdictions as private estates and wallow in daily daylight corrupt practices. The nation should not be held to ransom any longer.
Chief Cosmos Erhabor wrote from Mississippi Street, Maitama, Abuja.