Written by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz:
More revelations emerged yesterday on the protracted illness of President Umaru Yar’Adua as the Kano State governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, claimed that no governor has seen the president since his return from medical vacation in Saudi Arabia.
Shekarau, who was speaking in a Radio Kano special programme, Da Bazar Ku, stated, “No governor ever claimed during our meetings at the Governors’ Forum to have seen the president.”
According to him, he did not attempt to see Yar’Adua due to the uncertain situation. Rather than meet the president, he said, “We sent our greetings to the president through those who we thought had access to him.”
However, Shekarau said he has met with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan “several times” and has advised him in group and private meetings to avoid doing anything capable of undermining the stability of the country.
He said the country is locked in a logjam because of constitutional imperfections which made it impracticable for the issue of Yar’Adua’s health to be resolved.
Shekarau stated that the constitution did not make provision for acting president, especially when the sitting president is in the country, but due to the extraordinary circumstances, solution has to be thought of outside the constitution.
He recalled that governors had to meet after the return of President Yar’Adua to find a solution to the stalemate. “We had to use the doctrine of necessity, as it can always be deployed when the constitution is incapable of finding the solution. We therefore asked the vice-president to continue serving as acting president.”
On the exit of General Muhammadu Buhari from the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Shekarau said the action would not constitute any problem to the party. He described Buhari’s decision as “normal in politics”.
The governor, however, stated that change of platforms signifies lack of principle of an individual. According to him, in associating with people, an individuals have to be patient and respect the rights of others.
“From what we heard, they left the ANPP because they were not happy with the secretary or the chairman of the party, but even the CPC that they just formed is in crisis. So the next day you may hear them leaving CPC for another party,” Shekarau enthused.
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