Vice President can not assume Nigerian president role: Court

President Yar'Adua is not obliged under the constitution to hand power to his deputy during his absence for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, a federal high court ruled.

Vice President can not assume Nigerian president role: Court

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua is not obliged under the constitution to write to parliament and hand power to his deputy during his absence for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, a federal high court ruled on Friday.

"There is no mandatory requirement for the president to make a transmission to the leadership of the National Assembly before proceeding on vacation or on treatment outside Nigeria," Justice Dan Abutu said in his ruling at the court in the capital Abuja.

But he also ruled that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan could not assume the role of acting president in Africa's most populous nation if Yar'Adua failed to make a written declaration to parliament notifying it of his absence.

"That condition not having been fulfilled, the vice president cannot validly discharge the function of the president under the constitution as acting president," Abutu said.

Yar'Adua has been in a Saudi Arabian clinic since Nov. 23 being treated for a heart condition.

Ultimately only the cabinet has the power to decide on the president over powers. It has twice passed resolutions saying it believes he remains fit to govern.


Reuters

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