Reps: We won’t sup­port Buhari’s im­peach­ment

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Mu­dashir & Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said last night that it would not sup­port any at­tempt to im­peach Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

The House said through its spokesman, Ab­dul­razak Nam­das (APC, Adamawa) that the im­peach­ment be­ing muted by some sen­a­tors would not in any way get the sup­port of the law­mak­ers from the House “be­cause there’s no rea­son for that.”

Some sen­a­tors loyal to Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, had last Tues­day muted the idea of im­peach­ing the pres­i­dent in view of the on­go­ing forgery trial against

Saraki and Ek­w­ere­madu.

The Se­nate had sum­moned the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami, over the forgery suit, but he did not hon­our their in­vi­ta­tion.

At a closed-door ses­sion that lasted for over an hour, Sen­a­tor Enyin­naya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) sug­gested that the Se­nate should “go for the jugu­lar,” and when his col­leagues asked what he meant by that, he re­port­edly said that they should com­mence an im­peach­ment process against the pres­i­dent.

Fol­low­ing the im­peach­ment spec­u­la­tions, the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) de­scribed the move as “laugh­able” and “a joke taken too far.”

But the Se­nate, through its spokesman, on Thurs­day de­nied that there was any plot to im­peach the pres­i­dent, say­ing the APC lead­er­ship re­acted to mere spec­u­la­tion and fab­ri­ca­tion on a pur­ported plan to im­peach Pres­i­dent Buhari.

“We ex­pected the party to at least ex­plore all the op­tions open to it to ver­ify that piece of fab­ri­ca­tion which is only the fig­ment of the imag­i­na­tion of the writ­ers and their spon­sors. It should be clear to the APC lead­er­ship his deputy, Ike that if there is any truth to that story, it should have been cred­ited to a par­tic­u­lar Sen­a­tor who was at the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion.

“It is ev­i­dent from our pro­ceed­ings of yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) that the Se­nate it­self was shocked that such a fab­ri­ca­tion which con­sti­tute a breach of the priv­i­leges of the Sen­a­tors was pub­lished and that was why we man­dated our com­mit­tee on Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Pub­lic Pe­ti­tions to in­ves­ti­gate the source and cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the emer­gence of such a fab­ri­ca­tion,” he said.

How­ever, Nam­das told Daily Trust last night that the House would not sup­port any move to im­peach the pres­i­dent. He said: “The pres­i­dent has not done any­thing to war­rant that. We’re with the pres­i­dent. This is a Se­nate mat­ter, but even at that, we won’t sup­port it, be­cause we don’t have any rea­son to do that. Im­peach­ment is not even in our agenda.

“Let me say that we have no in­ten­tion of im­peach­ing the pres­i­dent. For us, the pres­i­dent has not com­mit­ted any im­peach­able of­fence. In fact, if any­thing, we’re work­ing hard to ce­ment our good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the pres­i­dent for the ben­e­fit of Nige­ri­ans.

“As a House for Nige­ri­ans, we can’t sup­port such move be­cause the pres­i­dent has not done any­thing to war­rant that. So, it’s not part of our agenda at all.”

Sim­i­larly, the Chief Whip of the House, Al­has­san Ado Doguwa (APC, Kano), told the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in Bauchi yes­ter­day that there was no sin­gle ev­i­dence of im­peach­able of­fence against Pres­i­dent Buhari.

“As far as I am con­cerned, I am a mem­ber of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer of the House; the Na­tional Assem­bly is a twin in­sti­tu­tion; we have the House and we have the Se­nate.

“If there is any in­sin­u­a­tion or spec­u­la­tion about the im­peach­ment of Mr Pres­i­dent in any cham­ber rather than the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, that, I don’t know.

“But I want to be very straight for­ward to you that we don’t have such a con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore us; that mat­ter is not even be­ing con­tem­plated; it was not even at any point in time thought of,” he said.

“Af­ter all, we do not have any ev­i­dence of im­peach­able of­fence with which to use against Mr Pres­i­dent. It is mere spec­u­la­tion on the street and should be left at that level,” he added.

APC gov­er­nors, in Benin, the Edo State cap­i­tal, at the week­end, also said they would re­sist any at­tempt to im­peach the pres­i­dent.

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