We’re vindicated –Anyim
By CHIDI OBINECHE
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, has lauded the Senate
on yesterday’s resolution to make Vice President Goodluck
Jonathan Acting President.
Anyim, who is the leader of G41, a group of eminent Nigerians that
came together recently to intervene on the lingering political impasse
caused by the long absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua on
medical grounds, said the Senate resolution was a vindication of
the group’s stand.
In a telephone chat with Daily Sun, the former
Senate President observed that “What we said is exactly what
has played out”
He described the unfolding event as a replica of what happened in
Israel recently when the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took ill and
the parliament had to empower the deputy to act.
His words: “it is exactly what has played out people thought
we were not serious, when we intervened with the suggestion. We
said it is the only solution. In the beginning, no one wanted to
give it a serious thought. “I talked to some of them. I told
them that when Ariel Sharon’s government collapsed in Israel,
they used the model and mandated his vice to act.
Till today, Ariel Sharon is still on life support” Continuing,
an elated Anyim explained that the furore over the application of
section 144 of the Constitution in the matter was unnecessary.
“There is nothing to it, except that the President should
notify the National Assembly. And it said once the National Assembly
is notified, the Vice President steps in, and when the president
comes back, he notifies the National Assembly and automatically
He reasoned that since President Yar’Adua was not in a position
to write a letter to the National Assembly is at liberty to take
cognizance of surrounding circumstances and the fact that the president
is not in a position to write it.
“Whoever has the power to receive notice, also has power to
take notice of relevant facts.”
He alluded to the interview by Yar’Adua on the British Broadcasting
Service, to further rationalize the position of the senate on the
Describing the issue as thorny, Anyim reminded that his group’s
advice centred on the need for the National Assembly to take concrete
steps to uphold the Constitution.
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