President Muhammadu Buhari’s adviser on Senate, Babajide Omoworare, has insisted that the Nigerian leader did not undermine the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by travelling without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly.
While addressing newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Wednesday, the presidential aide said Buhari was free to perform his functions from anywhere in the world.
“Contrary to the claims by some individuals and groups, the President has not in any way undermined or relegated the office of the Vice-President. He has no reason to do so,” Omoworare insisted.
“I don’t think there is any way or manner that the office of the Vice-President has been relegated.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can work from anywhere he is in the world.”
The Nigerian 1999 Constitution provides in Section 145 (1) that “Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, he shall transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice-President shall perform the functions of the President as acting President.”
Subsection two (2) of the Constitution read: “In the event that the President is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in subsection (1) of this section within 21 days, the National Assembly shall, by a resolution made by a simple majority of the vote of each House of the National Assembly, mandate the Vice-President to perform the functions of the office of the President as acting President until the President transmits a letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives that he is now available to resume his functions as President.”
Against this backdrop, Omoworare said that the only case where people could raise issues was when a President became ill and unable to communicate his absence to the parliament.
“The only celebrated case was that of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who was ill and could not transmit any letter to the National Assembly,” he said.
“The National Assembly had to work round the situation by ensuring that the executive powers went to the Vice-President.”
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Meanwhile, the National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, had said that President Buhari signed the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Bill in London because of national interest.
The APC leader made this comment in the wake of criticism of President Buhari for travelling without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly.