Why Buhari can­not be im­peached — Ndume

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), yes­ter­day said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari can­not be im­peached be­cause he has not com­mit­ted any im­peach­able of­fence.

Our correspondent re­ports that be­fore the se­na­tors em­barked on their an­nual re­cess, re­ports emerged from one of their closed-door ses­sions of a plot to im­peach Pres­i­dent Buhari.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Ndume said no­body was plot­ting to im­peach the pres­i­dent.

“The im­peach­ment process is a Na­tional As­sem­bly mat­ter not Se­nate’s. The Se­nate can­not im­peach the Pres­i­dent; it is the Na­tional As­sem­bly that can im­peach the pres­i­dent.

“It is the Na­tional As­sem­bly (that can im­peach) and it is by 2/3. The im­peach­able of­fences must be served on the per­son. Then if he fails to re­spond... It is a process, a long te­dious process and in this coun­try, we don’t even need that, we are not even con­tem­plat­ing it.

“And even if any­body con­tem­plates it, it is not go­ing to work be­cause this is (an) APC Se­nate; we have the ma­jor­ity, we have 58 to 60 se­na­tors and you need 72 se­na­tors to start im­peach­ment process. Where are they go­ing to get the 24? Let me tell you, some of them are com­ing into APC, so many of them, their other leg, is al­ready with us. Many of the se­na­tors will come over to the APC.

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