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GC Posted On: May 10, 2017

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari handed over to him in a letter he transmitted to the Senate which he said was in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He stated this in a Tweet aimed at clearing the controversy caused by the wordings of Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly, before he left to the UK on Sunday for further checks on his health.

The letter which was read on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Buhari said Osinbajo would “coordinate the activities of the government” in his absence.

This was contrary to what the President wrote when he first travelled to the UK in January. He wrote that Osinbajo would “perform the duties of my office” while he was away.

Tweeting via @benamaigwo, one Bernard Amaiguo had asked: “Mr. vice president, why did Mr President refuse to hand over the affairs of the country to you?”

In his response, Osinbajo said the President did transfer power to him.

“He did sir. He transmitted a letter to the Senate in compliance with S.145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” he tweeted back.

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