The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo “is not in charge of the country.”
This disclosure was made on Sunday by the Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye.
According to Adeyeye, some of the actions taken by the Acting President had shown that power was not handed over to him, contrary to the claim by the Presidency that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari ceded power to him before leaving Nigeria for London on medical trip.
The spokesman further gave an instance of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from Nigerians and the National Assembly more than two weeks ago and are yet to be assigned portfolios.
Adeyeye, a former minister of state for works, concluded that the action of the Acting President indicated that he was just a figurehead.
His words: “The Acting President is not in charge of the country. He is not in charge of anything. This is why nothing is moving forward.
“How do you explain a situation where two of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from the people and the National Assembly have not been assigned portfolios?
“He is not in charge. He is a mere figurehead and cannot do anything. The cabals are still in charge. That is why nothing is moving forward in this country.
“The two ministers are just idle. They have no offices, nowhere to resume to and nothing to do. What is the essence of their being sworn in then? They are ministers without portfolios.
“It is a constitutional breach on the side of the government because each state ought to have a minister each. Now, these two states had been without ministers for long and after you reluctantly appointed them, you refused to give them offices. “
The ministers – Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Mr. Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State – were administered the oath of office by the acting president on July 26, 2017 but are yet to be assigned portfolios.