Senate President Who Wanted Jonathan As Acting President Is Dead 


The Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas, is dead, government has announced.

Governor of Cross River State, Professor Benedict Ayade, reportedly announced the demise according to reports monitored on African Independent Television (AIT) in Abuja.

Wayas passed on in a London Hospital early hours of Thursday.

The Cross River State-born politician was the 2nd Republic Senate President between 1979 – 1983, and has been in London Hospital for Months.

Wayas, born May 21, 1941, hails from Basang in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross-River State.

Joseph Wayas (born 21 May 1941) served as Nigeria’s third Senate President during the Nigerian Second Republic (1979–1983)

Wayas was Deputy Chairman of the 1994/1995 National Constitutional Conference COMMISSION that organised and midwifed the National Conference itself.

In 1998 Wayas was a founding member of the All People’s Party. He later joined the People’s Democratic Party in 2001 at the urging of Cross River governor Donald Duke.

He is a strong believer in true Federalism as the only solution to Nigeria’s democratic problems, which had been manifested in the Nigerian Civil War.

In October 2003 he spoke out against the ongoing local council reforms by the Federal Government, describing them as “unconstitutional”.

Wayas was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA).

In January 2009 he described post-election petitions to electoral tribunals as senseless, reckless and time wasting.

In January 2010, Wayas advocated that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan be authorized to act as President pending the return of President Umaru Yar’Adua, who had been incapacitated by illness for some time.

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