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Interim govt. unconstitutional, says Tambuwal

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has declared that those planning the formation of an Interim National
Government (ING) were working against the constitution of the country.
Voicing his opposition on Tuesday, to alleged plans to form an interim
Government, following the postponement of the general election earlier
scheduled for February 14, Tambuwal, during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (NCS-SR), warned that the dark days would return to Nigeria.
He declared that: “There is no interim government in the constitution. Those talking about interim government, are they planning a coup? It is outside the constitution. It would be a treasonable offence to have ING.  We should respect the wishes of the people and the will of God.
“It is very clear that certain individuals are not interested in a free and fair electoral process.
Tambuwal appealed to politicians and Nigerians to respect the outcome of the polls as being the wishes of the electorate.
The speaker further advised politicians to look at the ordinary people of the country, asking: “Are we, as a nation, where we ought to be? Are we doing the right thing?”
Tambuwal also had a word of caution for the electronic media which he accused of sponsoring advertisements attacking members of the opposition political parties, wondering whether leaders of such media
organisations ever think about the future.
Also, the speaker described as unconstitutional and counter-productive the attempt to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, adding that those plotting Jega’s removal were simply playing a script that Nigerians were familiar with.
The leader of the NCS-SR team, Clement Nwankwo, expressed concern about the economic crisis in the country, the fate of the Constitution and the preparations and conduct of the forthcoming general election.
“We are making the point that the dates of the elections are so close to the handover dates, so it will be intolerable to postpone the elections again”, Nwankwo said.
He criticised the idea of foisting an interim government on the nation and the suggestions that Jega should proceed on terminal leave.
He cited Sections 156, 157 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which do not provide for such option and asked the National Assembly to intervene, and ensure that the membership of INEC remained sacrosanct.

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