OrderPaperToday- Babajide Omoworare, senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), has insisted that the office of the Vice President is not being undermined by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Omoworare’s statement follows Buhari’s assent to the amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract bill (DOIBPSC) at the Abuja House in London on Monday.

 

The controversy surrounding the president’s assent stems from the fact that his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, flew to the United Kingdom to have him sign the bill into law when there is a sitting Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, who is currently in the country and could have acted on behalf of Buhari.

 

But speaking with journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday, Omoworare dismissed the reactions.

 

He said, “Contrary to the claims by some individuals and groups, the president has not in any way undermined or relegated the office of the Vice-President.

“He has no reason to do so. I do not think there is any way or manner that the office of the Vice President has been relegated.”

 

The presidential liaison also maintained that Buhari can work from anywhere in the world as earlier stated by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole when he met with the Senate president on Tuesday.

 

Omoworare added, “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can work from anywhere he is in the world. The only celebrated case was that of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who was ill and could not transmit any letter to the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly had to work around the situation by ensuring that the executive powers go to the Vice President.”

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