Senators, Reps. Members, Silently Collect Signatures For President Muhammadu Buhari’s Immediate Impeachment

By Amako Nneji April 27, 2018 13:38

Senators, Reps. Members, Silently Collect Signatures For President Muhammadu Buhari’s Immediate Impeachment

Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, have started collecting signatures for the immediate impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Lawmakers have expressed serious displeasure with the President’s decision to withdraw $469 million for the procurement of 12 super tucano aircraft from the United States, US, without their authorization.

The issue of impeachment first arose at the House of Representatives, on Wednesday.

While deliberating on a letter Buhari wrote to the National Assembly, saying he had anticipated that the Lawmakers would approve the withdrawal, Kingsley Chinda from Rivers State, asked his colleagues to commence impeachment proceedings against Buhari.

Although, some Members of the Lower Legislative Chamber said that they had decided that rather than initiate impeachment proceedings against the President, the Committee on Rules and Business should look for a way to resolve the matter.

However, a Legislative source revealed that the Lawmakers were only being diplomatic.

“As I speak to you, signatures for the impeachment of Mr. President are being collected in both Chambers of the National Assembly”, a source said.

“The Lawmakers are very angry, and are ready to nail this act once and for all. Do not forget that this is not the first time that the President would disregard the Legislature in taking key decisions… The matter has been referred to the Committees (in both Chambers), and they will advise them on the way forward as regards the anticipatory approval. But based on the illegality of Mr. President’s action, they have started gathering signatures for his impeachment, in both Chambers.”

The source added that, while Chinda is among those co-ordinating the collection of signatures in the Liwer Legislative Chamber, some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senators, are behind it at the Senate.

Recall, that there was a fierce argument between the PDP Lawmakers and their All Progressives Congress, APC, colleagues at the Senate, on Thursday.

Matthew Urhoghide, a PDP Senator from Edo state, and Chukwuka Utazi, a PDP Lawmaker from Enugu State, were among the opposition Lawmakers who pushed for the ousting of Buhari, while some of their colleagues on the other side disagreed.

“There are serious consequences for violation of our Constitution. I want this Senate to resolve that what the President did is procedurally wrong, and a violation of our Constitution, it must be condemned and of course, the consequences of section 143 of our Constitution should be invoked”, Urhoghide had said.

However, Abu Ibrahim, an APC Senator from Katsina State, disagreed, describing the impeachment plot as a conspiracy from the PDP.

Ibrahim defended Buhari, saying the President approved for the withdrawal of the money, “based on national interest”.

“This is the first time that money drawn from the Excess Crude account is being brought to the National Assembly (for approval). Since they began to operate this account, I have never seen any expenditure that was brought here for approval”, the Lawmaker said.

“This is a PDP conspiracy. I will like the PDP to tell us which of their Governors have taken the money released from Excess Crude Oil Account to the State Assembly for approval.

“If this is a PDP conspiracy to tarnish the image of Muhammadu Buhari, they will not be able to do it, because we are coming out with figures.”

Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), deals with the removal of the President and Vice President from office. It is a very long process, taking at least three months to complete.

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