Aide denies Yar’adua will hand over

The president’s special adviser on legislative affairs, Abba Aji, has denied telling the BBC or anyone else that Nigeria’s ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua will write a letter handing power over to his vice-president. On Thursday the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba-Aji was quoted as saying that President Umaru Yar’Adua will hand over to Vice-President

Goodluck Jonathan after transmitting a letter of his medical vacation to the National Assembly.

But speaking to the NTA today, Abba Aji “clarified” to the NTA the outcome of his meeting with the Senate and his address to the NASS correspondents and said: I only said that the president will respect Senate Resolutions, At no time did I say a letter from the president is on the way”.

Abba-Aji had said: “The President I know will transmit the letter. He has never disrespected resolution and there is also a court ruling, he will weigh both and he will act wisely there is no doubt about that.”

He, however, failed to be specific on the possible time for the transmission.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents, Abba-Aji said: “the President has never shied away from making decisions. He will weigh the Senate resolution against the court ruling, and he will do what in his view is best for this country.”