Nigeria cabinet rejects motion against Yar’Adua: source

Nigeria’s cabinet on Wednesday rejected a motion to declare President Umaru Yar’Adua unfit to govern, deciding instead to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia for an update on his health, a government source said.

Should a two-thirds majority of the cabinet vote that Yar’Adua is no longer fit to govern and a medical panel confirms this, he would cease to hold office.

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, who assumed powers as acting president a week ago, would then be sworn in as head of state, under the terms of the constitution.

Yar’Adua has been in Jeddah for almost three months receiving treatment for a heart condition.

“Council constituted a six-man team to go to Saudi Arabia to visit President Yar’Adua and his family,” Information Minister Dora Akunyili said following the cabinet meeting, but made no comment on a motion to declare the president incapacitated.

The government source said some members of cabinet had wanted a motion passed declaring Yar’Adua no longer capable of holding office.



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