Federal Govt says Jonathan to hand over May 29

President Goodluck Jonathan.
 By Tunde Olowu.
The Federal Government has on Wednesday clarified that President
Goodluck Jonathan will hand over power to General Muhammad Buhari, Nigeria President elect on 29 May and not 28 May as previously reported.
The Minister of Information, Mrs Patricia Akwashiki told journalists after  a meeting of the Federal Executive Council that President Jonathan will remain Nigeria’s President till  May 29,2015. ?
Mrs Akwashiki explained that  she was misquoted in the statement attributed to her last week that President Jonathan will hand over power on May 28.
Her purported statement as reported by several news media organisations in the country had attracted controversies especially within the circles of members of the  opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The said handover date earlier announced is said to have almost pitched  the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.)against outgoing President Jonathan and his cabinet as he was not comfortable with the situation which looked more like a flagrant breach of Nigeria’s Constitution.
Some notable lawyers in the country had also noted that handing over government to General Buhari on May 28 may result in a vacuum on the governance of the country as constitutionally the tenure of the President will end on the May 29. Akwashiki, had at a press briefing last week disclosed that President Jonathan would perform the handover ceremony at a dinner on May 28.
Since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, the traditional date for the handover of power has been May 29, which is also observed as Democracy Day.

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