Why Jonathan won’t hand over to interim government – Justice Minister

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adokie,

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adokie, has reacted to the insinuation that the Presidency plans to constitute an interim national government if the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, wins the forthcoming elections.

Mr. Adokie said an interim government was alien to the Nigerian constitution.

There has been widespread speculation across Nigeria that the Presidency has concluded plans to constitute an interim government rather than hand over to Mr. Buhari should President Goodluck Jonathan lose in the presidential poll.
However, Mr. Jonathan has repeatedly said the May 29 handover date is sacrosanct.
In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Adokie said interim government is not a “viable solution” to Nigeria’s challenges, citing its unconstitutionality.

The statement reads, “My attention has been drawn to recent calls in the media by some Nigerians for the constitution of an Interim National Government to ostensibly mid-wife the 2015 General elections to usher in a new democratic Government.

“While I recognize and appreciate the inalienable right of Nigerians to freely express themselves and proffer solutions to perceived national challenges, I amdeeply concerned that some undiscerning Nigerians are being unwittingly led to believe that a certain prescription, which is totally alien to the Constitution, can be adopted as viable solution to our national challenges.”

He maintained that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria did not envisage interim national government, adding that it was imperative to ensure citizens are not misled.

“It has therefore become necessary to correct this misconception and refocus the citizenry on the path of constitutionalism and democratic tenets consistent with our quest for democratic consolidation in Nigeria. For avoidance of doubt, it is pertinent to state that the framers of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 did not envisage the constitution of Interim National Government to superintend over the affairs of Government. It is therefore not surprising to observe that no provision for Interim National Government was made in the Constitution

“The contraption called “Interim National Government” is therefore alien to Nigeria’s constitutional framework and the arrangement should not be promoted by well–meaning Nigerians under any guise or circumstance. Nigerians are therefore enjoined to continue to rely on the Constitution, which contains adequate provisions on how the democratic process can be activated to elect their leaders from time to time.”


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  • Otile

    Where is Imam Mohamed Buhari’s genuine certificate. His perjury and forgery has brought dishonor to APC and Hajiya Buhari.

    • glo

      Nwaokem, must you always talk through your ass?
      Even your pay masters must be bored with your stale rhetorics. If you have nothing new and productive to bring to the discussion toward moving Nigeria forward, then say nothing at all.

      • Rollingdollar

        Sorry sir, the certificate issue remains VERY valid. Don’t try to sweep it under the carpet. Where is Buhari’s certificate?

        • Agama

          Sir, you can whine all you like — as far as Nigerian’s are concerned, the certificate issue is dead and buried.

          • Rollingdollar

            Sir, I have no need to ‘whine’ I only stated a simple fact, which is that Buhari has not produced his school certificate! When did a statement of FACT become whining?

        • Arewabetter

          The matter you are writing about is already in court and awaiting its second hearing scheduled on the 23rd of February. Let that case remain in the court! Oh, you will argue that the the Nigerian
          Judiciary is controlled by the Northerners or by the Hausas, Fulanis and Yorubas. If that is your argument, then you are left with the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Please, drag GMB to ICJ and justice will be done. Please, do not inform me that ICJ is controlled by GMB, his party and well-wishers. Good luck in your endeavours to forward the case to ICJ!

        • A Aminu

          Ask the military command that he served to the rank of a Major General, attending promotion courses from a commissioned officer to the rank of a General. Ask the military command that raided his house while he was in detention and carted away his documents in a bid to find treasury certificates, foreign bank account statements etc.

          • richkid

            Hahaha he always put people under duress and pressure, threats to kill you if you don’t promote him. . Now is all about JONa

    • wheingo

      You are totally out of idea of what to say.

  • Gwazy

    All this fight is about oil and which oligarchs control it. Buhari certificate, good luck not eligible are all distractions. Northern oligarchs want to keep the blocks, Southerners want a piece of the action.

  • SamPsalm

    Does Nigeria have an Attorney General? Thought the man was in coma these past 2 years? He talks -actually? The worst Attorney General Nigeria has ever had. Incidentally, the one with the greatest opportunity to put himself forward for the ‘good’ book of Nigeria. what a waste

  • Dan Arewa

    The problem is Mr. Shoeless does not respect the constitution. He will go ahead and do what his think tanks (Sherifs, Asaris, Kayodes and Clerks) told him to do.

  • richkid

    Apc, association of people complaining. If this election had taken place on 14 buhari and there violence could have won. But this march! JONA is marching to greater hight