Buhari's letter to NASS lacks clarity, it should be Sent Back - PDP Senator

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Letter President Buhari sent to the senate to inform it that he had transferred power to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo as ambiguous.


Mao Ohuabunwa, the senator representing Abia North at the Upper chambers, said he letter should be sent back as it lacked clarity.

Buhari sent a letter to both chambers of the national assembly on Sunday night before departing for UK.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki read Buhari’s letter at plenary on Tuesday. The Letter said:

“I wish to inform the distinguished senate that I will be away for a scheduled medical follow-up with my doctors in London. The length of my stay will be determined by the doctors’ advice,” the letter by the President read.

“While I am away, the vice-president will coordinate the activities of the government.”

Ohuabunwa citing section 145 of the constitution, said for the sake of clarity, the letter should be sent back to the president.

In his argument, the Senator siad there was no word like coordinating president or vice-president in the constitution.

“I come with a constitutional point of order arising from the letter you just read from the president,” he said.

“Mr President I don’t think in our constitution we have anything like coordinating president of vice-president, it’s either you are a vice-president or you are acting president.

“Any letter should be unambiguous and very clear, so I’m saying that this letter really does not convey anything because coordinating has no place in our constitution. We having been having letters like this, you tell us he is the acting president so we know who to deal with as a senate.

“I am saying that this letter for me is not right and maybe it should be sent back.”

Ahmed Lawan, senate leader, said the wording of the letter was irrelevant because Buhari had done what was required of him by the constitution.

On this note, Saraki ruled Ohuabunwa out of order.



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