No Plan To Give Up My Mandate – President Yar’Adua

Counsel to President Umaru Yar’Adua, Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), yesterday dismissed as false the insinuation that his client will give up his mandate in the event that he is defeated at the tribunal, saying the president would defend his electoral victory up to the Supreme Court.

President Yar’Adua reportedly told newsmen during his recent visit to the United States he may quit if the tribunal rules in favour of candidates of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP),General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and that of the Action Congress (AC), Atiku Abubakar, who are currently challenging his return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)as president.

But Olanipekun, who is the lead counsel to Yar’Adua at the ongoing case at the tribunal, said at a ceremony in Ilawe- Ekiti, Ekiti State, that contrary to media reports, the ruling of the tribunal on Yar’Adua’s case would be taken to the upper court if need be.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted him saying that the legal battle by his client was still very much on course, adding that it would not be dumped at the last minute for whatever reason.

He said the outcome of the case would determine the next line of action his client would take.

The Senior Advocate also said that the president was quoted out of context during his recent visit to Europe and America when he spoke about elections in the country.

He said the president’s statement that last April elections were flawed was made with the best intentions to assure the international community of the new direction of the administration.

Olanipekun said the statement was made against the background of the reforms being undertaken to correct lapses noticed in the electoral system.

On the renewed fight against corruption, Olanipekun said the administration was only establishing a new culture of obedience to the rule of law.

According to him, Yar’Adua would ensure that no sacred cow was allowed to go scot free in his commitment to zero tolerance to corruption.

“This would not amount to the president biting the finger that fed him as being erroneously peddled by a section of the public, ” he said.

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5 responses to “No Plan To Give Up My Mandate – President Yar’Adua

  1. I mean, who is this guy deceiving?

  2. I am a struggling proffessional striving daily to keep body and soul together but even in this my state I do not envy Yaradua at all. For all the money in the world I would not want to take over the Presidency of Nigeria after the slip shod 8 years of Obj. But then again maybe we should praise him for his courage. Someone has to be at the helm of affairs and it would probably amount to abdication of responsibilty for him to have truned down the offer to attempt the clean the Augean stable left behind by his fumbling predecessor. He sort of reminds me of Judas in the Bible. Christ said that even though it has already been predicted 100 years before that he would be betrayed but woe unto the person whose lot it would be to carry out this prediction. We had to have a President after Obj but woe unto whoever it was because he had to bear the brunt of Obj’s follies! The truth of the matter is that Yaradua inherited a tainted mandate. Yaradua is definately a breath of fresh air when compared to the Man that he took over from, but then in Law we say you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand!!! I would think that it is better for him to allow the court put a final nail on the coffin of this tainted mandate to give him the opportunity to seek a new untainted mandate from the Nigerian Electorate. I will personally vote for him if only for his love for and commitment to the rule of law and I know many other Nigerains who would gladly vote for him. He may not win by a landslide but his mandate would be stronger. To appeal to the Supreme Court to me would mean postponing the period of uncertainty and shorten the time available for him to clean the Augean stable. His lawyer Uncle Wole (like most other Nigerians who were exasperated by Obj’s excesses) must be in a very tight spot, throughout Obj’s tenure he was at the fore front of opposing Obj’s illegalities in various court battles. It is ironic that he is now responsible for defending one of the fumbling acts of Obj viz the outcome of the 419 April 2007 elections. If you ask for my opinion I would say ditch the poison chalice handed over to you by Obj, sack Iwu, constitute a new INEC and get yourself a clean mandate!!! Q.E.D!!!e

  3. Well, I want to state that I find nothing wrong with the person of President Yar’adua, it’s just that the whole system is deeply flawed. I wish the man would be left alone to do his job. Since he has shown maturity in handling national issues, Let’s just give him the opportunity to make things right. Thanks

  4. Haba, it is unbelievable that chief Wole is helping to entrench uncle obj segelu dirty worl. Wole is now one of obasonjo, obasononjo, obasonononjooo.
    fame. Shame money can do anything. Is wole a minister now as he is now explaining and defending zero tolerant of a zero based government.

  5. DEAR SIR,

    PLEASE I WANT THE PRESIDENT TO HEAR THIS.

    THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT INSPITE OF THE FIGHT YOU FORTH TO SEE THAT THERE IS IMPROVE SECURITY IN NIGERIA, MANY PEOPLE ARE BENT ON DESTROYING ALL YOU HAVE FIGHT FOR.
    RECALL THAT RECENTLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAGNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE PAYMENT OF A NEW SALARY SCALE TO THE POLICE, IT WILL SURPRISE YOU TO HEAR THAT THE MONEY IS NOT ONLY BEING DELAYED FOR THEIR SELFISH INTEREST BUT THAT THE SO CALLED MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE NIGERIA POLICE TAKING ON THEIR PREDECESSOR HAS DECIDED TO CUT HUG SUMS OF MONEY FROM THE AMOUNT MENT FOR THE OFFICERS AND MEN.
    FOR EXAMPLE, A CONSTABLE IN SOME STATES WERE PAID THE SUM OF N24,000 INSTEAD OF THE N26,000 APPROVED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
    FURTHER MORE, SOME STATES PAID HIGHER THAN OTHERS AS IF WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME COUNTRY, THIS OF COURSE IS THE GREEDY NATURE OF SOME COMMISSIONER POLICE AND PAY MASTERS WHO WOULD WANT TO ENRICH THEMSELVES WITH ILL GOTTON MONEY.
    I AM USING THIS MEDIUM TO IMPLOY YOU TO HELP SEE TO THIS AND ASSIST IN THE RESTORATION OF WHAT BELONG TO US AS YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE FOR US.
    THAT FOR EVEN TAKING TIME TO READ THIS COMPLAIT HOPING TO HEAR AN OUTSTANDING REACTION.
    COPIES OF THIS LETTER IS FORWARDED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND A COPY TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE .

    YOURS OBEDIENTLY,
    UWA.

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