Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed why he never declared former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as acting President when he was in power.
Obasanjo explained that he didn’t declare Abubakar acting president because he didn’t have to travel out of the country for 104 days like President Muhammadu Buhari did when he went to London for a medical vacation.
Delivering a paper at the Lagos Island Club Quarterly Business Lecture, on Wednesday, the former President said insinuations that he stifled Abubakar while in government was erroneous.
He stated that there was no Nigerian Chief Executive that has devolved powers to his deputy as much as he did to Atiku during their tenure.
According to Obasanjo:
Atiku had occasions to preside on a few times that I was out of the country on duty. On those occasions he was in charge of the Federal Executive Council meetings. And, no Nigerian Chief Executive has devolved to his deputy as much as I did to Atiku.
I did not need to designate him as acting president because the constitution is clear that once the President is not available, the Vice President automatically has resumed powers and can only consult when is considered necessary.
But since I was not absent from home for 104 days at a time, people may not know that Atiku actually stood in for me whenever I was not around.”