Im­peach­ment: Anenih asks Makarfi to call PDP sen­a­tors to or­der

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

Aformer chair­man of the PDP Board of Trus­tees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, has asked the chair­man of the party’s Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, to dis­suade the PDP cau­cus in the Na­tional As­sem­bly from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the al­leged “ill-ad­vised ad­ven­ture” of re­mov­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari from of­fice.

In a four-page let­ter to Makarfi, dated July 15, 2016, Anenih said the time was nei­ther right nor the rea­sons com­pelling enough to con­tem­plate the im­peach­ment of the pres­i­dent.

He urged Makarfi to per­son­ally lead the process of con­sul­ta­tion with PDP mem­bers in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, with a view to get­ting them to play a pa­tri­otic, rather than par­ti­san role, at this time of na­tional eco­nomic and so­cial un­cer­tainty.

Part of the let­ter reads: “I am con­strained to write this let­ter by my love for our great coun­try and my long years of in­volve­ment in the pur­suit of peace, co­ex­is­tence and na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“I am con­cerned about the noises com­ing out of the Na­tional As­sem­bly to the ef­fect that some of our dis­tin­guished sen­a­tors and honourable mem­bers are con­tem­plat­ing a move to im­peach the pres­i­dent.

“I feel even more dis­turbed that the PDP Cau­cus is be­ing ru­moured to be ac­tively in­volved in this plan to “go for the jugu­lar” ular” of the Ex­ec­u­tive. The ru­moured role of f the PDP Cau­cus is, in­deed, deed, the main rea­son I have cho­sen to write this let­ter to you.

“I do not doubt bt that the Na­tion­al­nal As­sem­bly may have its grouse against st the pres­i­dent, but t I am sure that the op­tions of con­sul­ta­tion, di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion have not yet been ex­hausted. We should all as­sist in per­suad­ing our mem­bers to per­se­vere in the pur­suit of these op­tions.

“I do not believe an at­tempt at im­peach­ment, at this time, is in the best in­ter­ests of the party, or the coun­try. Such a move will cre­ate ten­sion, in­sta­bil­ity and even cri­sis in our body­politic. It will un­leash all those fis­si­parous forces which, in the last few months, have be­gun to gain mo­men­tum.”

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

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