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It's Unconstitutional For Buhari To Hand Over Transition Documents To Tinubu Before May 29- Ohuegbe

Veteran journalist and public affairs commentator Chuks Ohuegbe has taken on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for releasing transition documents to President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before he has been sworn into office. Tinubu will take office on May 29.

According to news outlets across the country, Buhari met with Tinubu on Thursday afternoon in the Federal Capital Territory for a special function hosted by the office of the Secretary-General to the Federation (SGF) to officially transfer power from his administration to Tinubu's.

The PUNCH reports that the transitional documents were handed over in accordance with "Executive Order 14," which requires the transition council to submit handover notes to the next President.

Ohuegbe, Director of Publication at The Pilot Newspaper, recently appeared on Africa Independent Television's 'Kaakaki' program and called it'strange' and 'unconstitutional' for the current government to hand over documents to a President-elect before he has been sworn into office.

Moreover, the seasoned journalist noted that since Nigeria's restoration to democratic rule in 1999, no Head of State has handed over transition documents to their successor before taking the oath of office from the Chief Justice of Nigeria on May 29.

He declared, "Unless the court determines differently, there is no question that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the President-elect. However, it remains unclear why Buhari has chosen today to hand over transition documents to Tinubu. On Monday, May 29, what will transpire then? Do they know something we don't? The CJN is authorized to administer the oath of office to the President-elect by the 7th schedule of the modified Constitution of 1999. Why, then, would it make sense to turn in the paperwork today rather than on Monday? As far as I'm concerned, it's against the law and downright weird.

Nigerians need to be let in on the secrets that are being kept from them. The system should be completely open and transparent. Whoever gave the oath of office before the paperwork was turned over is the actual problem here. From what I can tell, all of these events take place at Eagle Square in Abuja on the day of the inauguration. As soon as the outgoing president gives over the transition paperwork to the new president, the CJN will administer the oath of office. There is a lot of stress right now, and the outgoing administration should do everything it can to ease it by demonstrating openness and honesty during the transition.

SOURCE: a 1:01:46 time jump on YouTube.

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