‘Buhari is the First Nigerian Leader to Hand Over Power to His Vice’ – Ali Ndume Reiterates
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after a visit to acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, he said President Muhammadu Buhari was the first Nigerian leader to have handed over power to his vice before proceeding on vacation, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Flanked by Senators Dino Melaye and Adamu Abdulahi, he said their reason for coming to the villa was because the president handed over to Osinbajo as acting president.
Asked about their mission, he said: “This government is our government. I am the Senate Leader in this government. So, my coming here today is not supposed to be a new thing. My coming here should even be more regular.
“This is not the first time we are coming here. But this is the first time we are having the Vice President as acting President. That is one of the reasons why we are here.
“This is because we are setting a new example. During the previous government, the President will just go and leave the place blank.
“But this time around when our President goes for a few days, he transmitted to all Nigerians that the Vice President is to act as the President.
“So, we came for the regular consultation. There is nothing new about it and we will be doing more of this.
“You should expect me to be coming here. Now we have the budget as work in progress; we have the new Money Laundering Bill before the Senate, we have many things we are looking at. We have come to consult on these.”