Osinbajo thanks Saraki for not taking advantage of power vacuum
Written by Abdulmumeen Uthman on May 30, 2019
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has thanked Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for not taking advantage of the power vacuum created shortly before himself and President Buhari were sworn into office for their second term.
The Vice President expressed gratitude to Saraki whilst speaking at the presidential inauguration dinner which held at the Aso Rock villa on Wednesday May 29th.
According to Osinbajo, the Buhari-led administration ended at 12 midnight on May 28th. Saraki was until their swearing in on May 29th, an acting President who could have taken advantage of the vacuum and installed himself as President.
“Something interesting happened earlier today; I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios. At one minute past midnight today, the four year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time. So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10:30 am when we were sworn in for a second term there was no President or Vice President.
Interestingly nothing went wrong. All was okay. When such a situation arises, it is the Senate President who acts as President. So, when I arrived at Eagle Square this morning, some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke. He said to me jokingly `you better be careful you know I am the acting President now’; so, we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny. And so on behalf of the President, please accept our deepest gratitude for your support and presence here this evening.” he said