By AKINWALE ABORISADE:
The former Secretary to the Federal Government and National Chairman, Democratic Peoples Alliance, Chief Olu Falae, has said the call by the Mega Summit Movement for the inauguration of Interim National Government following President Umar Yar‘Adua‘s ill health is premised on the decision of the ruling party to prevent Acting President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting as president in the 2011 elections.
The call for ING, Falae said, was not to undermine the leadership of the acting president but to put his administration in good stead.
The former SGF‘s explanation came as some MSM members have criticised the statement alleged to have emanated from the movement‘s secretariat.
The MSM Director of Planning and Strategy, Olusegun Mayegun, said the purported statement was issued by a faction of the movement headed by Chief Falae and an embattled former Head of National Secretariat of the movement, Mr. Wale Okunniyi.
Mayegun who said the statement signed by Okunniyi had misrepresented the movement noted that the action of those who authored it was undemocratic and mischievous.
Falae in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday had explained that the call for ING was not intended to get rid of the acting president saying, ”What we mean by our call for Interim National Government is that Jonathan‘s party (PDP) has disowned him. The PDP said that he should not aspire to contest in 2011 even if the constitution allows him to do so.”
The elder statesman argued that whoever believed in the constitution would interpret the statement to mean that the PDP did not believe in the constitution.
He said, ”It means that they have disowned Jonathan. For him to be able to rule properly, he should be able to pick representatives from all political parties and across different interests. That is what we mean.
”We are asking for a democratic government presided over by Jonathan but comprising people from various interests since his own party has disowned him.”
But Chief Lateef Jakande and some younger elements within the MSM have disagreed with the call describing it as a move that is capable of undermining their integrity as a body.
Mayegun who is representing the Action Alliance in the MSM said the idea of ING was not acknowledged.
According to him, it is just a mere proposition.
A statement signed by Mayegun, the Director of Secretariat Operations, Rosemary Takor and the Chairman, South-West Zone, MSM, Chief Shitta-Bey, rejected the call for the ING.
The statement reads in part, ”The National Secretariat of MSM strongly denounces the call for ING by a group which is determined to explore undemocratic means to achieve their political interests. The supposed call for ING is a dubious attempt to destroy and rubbish the MSM.”
The statement added that those calling for the composition of ING also attempted to distort the original founding bloc of the movement.
It adds, ”They have forgotten that the Mega Party planned by MSM, is a conglomeration of many political parties not the coming together of political personalities.
They are on the loose issuing different kinds of discrediting statements which are not allowed,” he noted.
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