Tension In House Of Reps Over Plot To Remove Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

Speaker, Yakubu Dogara might be in serious trouble as members of the House of Representatives have become divided over his involvement in the alleged budget padding.

There was obvious tension in the House of Representatives on Monday over an alleged plot to remove the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara for his involvement in the budget padding allegations made by a former Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin.

According to reporters, members on vacation were forced to rush from their vacation spots to meetings in Abuja where the alleged plot was discussed. Even after the Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila had urged members to calm down while urging members to have faith in the leadership of the House under Dogara, there is still palpable fear of the unknown.
Gbajabiamila had since maintained a sealed lips over the budget brouhaha since it started on July 21. Gbajabiamila had refused to speak openly in support of Jibrin or Dogara, and the three other principal officers whom Jibrin had accused of padding the 2016 Budget. The others are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

It was learnt that some persons in the House in a text message that members of the House received on Monday accused Gbajabiamila of siding with Jibrin to remove Dogara because of his silence.
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“This group circulated a text message among members, giving the impression that there would be a leadership change in the House. “They attempted to re-open the old Dogara-Gbajabiamila rivalry and create mayhem,”

a senior legislative official told us in Abuja on Monday.
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Plot to destabilise the leadership of the House of Reps has taken a new dimension as the Attorney-General of the Federation, working with Gbajabiamila, Jibrin and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has drafted charges to arraign and detain principal officers of the House so that the Transparency Group, who recently met with Tinubu’s wife, will effect a leadership change with Gbajabiamila as Speaker and Jibrin as the Deputy.

“This is why Jibrin did not mention Femi (Gbajabiamila) in his allegations. The 8th House won’t be anybody’s rubber stamp. We will resist them like the Senate resisted them,” the message read.

It was the message being circulated that prompted Gbajabiamila to write members to calm them, urging them to disregard the text. He also explained that he had kept silent to avoid his comments being mistaken for taking sides. Gbajabiamila told members that he chose to break his silence because the text message gave the wrong signal.

Gbajabiamila however sent a text message to other members.

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“Since the budget controversy that engulfed the House about a week ago, I have pointedly maintained a dignified silence. I did this for the sake of the institution that I represent and which I have laboured hard to grow and protect, knowing that whatever I say could be impactful both within the House and outside it.
“I was determined to keep in place the glue that holds an otherwise fragmented House, protect its integrity and at same time avoid eroding the little confidence and vestiges of hope Nigerians have in us.

“Unfortunately, the controversy has now taken a different turn following the rather strange text making the rounds among members about my complicity in this rather sordid matter. I am being dragged into an arena I tried very hard to stay out of for the good of the House.

“The speakership election has come and gone. The election was divisive and acrimonious, but I have worked hard to heal the wounds, some of which still fester among members on both sides. It is my responsibility to bring together all tendencies in the House and I have worked well with the Speaker and all other principal officers in the interest of the institution and the country.

“The text message, which desperately seeks to finger me in some macabre plot to destabilise the House, is a throwback and echoes our dark post-speakership election history. The resurfacing of the faceless text messengers will not help us as a House, and let me quickly add that it will fail.
“My strongest critics and biggest political adversaries in the House cannot deny the fact that my commitment has always been to strengthen the legislature and its processes and our democracy as a whole.
“I consider everyone a friend and colleague and urge that as we collectively work towards a stronger legislature and strive to deepen our democracy, we do not pull back the hands of the clock or lose sight of the enormous responsibility placed upon us by providence as members of a critical arm of government.”
On Jibrin’s budget padding allegations, Gbajabiamila noted that judgment could not be passed on any official based on mere allegations.

He stressed that before the law, an accused remained innocent until proven guilty.
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“It is clear that our budget process needs radical reform. Allegations have been made, but I strongly believe that judgment should not be passed based on allegations. “We operate a constitutional democracy and we must at all times submit to its dictates and ethos. All parties are innocent until otherwise proven. “This should be our guide. I plead with all members; the mudslinging must stop,”

Gbajabiamila added.
As the crisis continues, Jibrin on Monday submitted copies of his petition against Dogara to the EFCC, ICPC and the DSS.

Senate Condemns PDP For Calling For Buhari’s Impeachment

The Senate has condemned the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over calls for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over the missing 2016 budget.

The Party described the call for Buhari’s impeachment as the biggest joke of the year.

Ali Ndume, the Senate leader, while reacting to the call, said the President should be applauded for putting the country on the right track.

He noted that the President is still trying to correct the mess left by the PDP during its 16 years’ reign as the ruling party.

The PDP leadership had at the peak of the controversy of the missing budget, last week, called for the impeachment of Buhari.

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Impeachment: Ex-Speaker Accuses Fayose, Assembly Of Blackmail

Ex-Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, has said that the public show made of the rejection of his letter to the House seeking the reversal of his impeachment was an attempt to blackmail him.
He said that governor Ayodele Fayose, the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole, and the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Tola Esan, had fore-knowledge of the letter he wrote requesting reversal of his impeachment, wondering why they had to make a public show of a legitimate request.
Omirin had, in a letter dated October 15, 2015 and addressed to the Speaker of the Assembly, prayed the House to revert his November 20, 2014 impeachment by seven members of the immediate past House of Assembly and restore all his rights and privileges.

The ex-speaker also urged the Assembly to obliterate the records of the factional speaker, Hon Dele Olugbemi, describing his emergence as a constitutional infarction that should not be contemplated under a democratic setting.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti during a visit to the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Omirin said he had earlier been advised by top members of the party to go to court on the issue, following which he instructed his lawyer to contact the Clerk of the Assembly to request for the extract of November 20, 2014, sitting when the impeachment was carried out.
Omirin alleged that the House, which saw the coming litigation as too diversionary to the current Assembly agreed to begin a process of reversing the impeachment through legislative procedure, which compelled him to write the letter as an instrument for the house to work with.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, who responded to Omirin’s allegation said : “As far as this House is concerned, no discussion took place between Omirin and Governor Fayose, the Speaker and the Clerk before the letter was brought to the Assembly.
“What the House did was to react to the letter we deliberated upon and which we published and this should not be mistaken for blackmail.
“We don’t want the matter to be subjected to rumour. The letter is a document of the House and we can do whatever we like with it.”

 

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Court Refuses To Reinstate Mimiko’s Sacked Deputy

A Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by a  former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, to challenge his impeachment.

Justice Mohammed Idris, in a judgment on Thursday, held that Olanusi’s suit was an abuse of court processes, noting that the reliefs being sought were same as those in an earlier suit marked Ak/51/2015 still pending before an Ondo State High Court in Akure.

“The issues of the fundamental rights of the applicant were raised in that suit as in this suit. This cannot be allowed.

“The institution of the first action between the main parties or even similar parties on same subject matter simultaneously when the previous suit has not been disposed off constitutes an abuse of court processes.

“I therefore hold that this suit is filed in abuse of court processes in the light of suit numbered AK/51/2015,” Idris held.

The judge also held that he had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit and went on to fault the joining of the Inspector General of Police as a defendant, who, he said, played no role in Olanusi’s impeachment.

 
 

Idris upheld the submission by the Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who represented the first respondent in the suit, that “it is clear that the applicant merely joined the Inspector General of Police as a subterfuge to justify bringing this application before this court in an obvious situation of lack of jurisdiction.

“Making the Inspector General of Police as a respondent against all grains cannot salvage the situation.”

Idris, however, rejected Jegede’s argument that Olanusi filed his suit in breach of Order X Rule 1 of the fundamental rights enforcement procedure 2009.

Olanusi, who was impeached on April 27, 2015, had sued the IG and the chairman of the  seven-man investigative panel which found him guilty of impeachable offences, Mr. Olatunji Adeniyan.

In his suit, which was transferred from the Akure Division of the Federal High Court to the Lagos Division, so that it could be urgently heard, Olanusi contended that the Adeniyan-led panel breached his fundamental right to fair hearing.

His lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, claimed that “the sitting, conclusion of proceedings and submission of report by the panel within one day” denied Olanusi his right to fair hearing as enshrined in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

Olanusi claimed that the impeachment panel did not give him adequate time and facility to defend himself against the allegations of misconduct which he was found guilty of.

He also alleged that the Adeniyan-led panel failed to personally serve him with the notice of the allegation of misconduct before proceeding into hearing and  reaching its verdict.

He therefore sought an order quashing the proceedings and the report of the Adeniyan-led seven-man impeachment panel which recommended him for impeachment.

He also sought an order nullifying his removal as the Ondo State Deputy Governor by the state House of Assembly on April 27, 2015.

But Adeniyan, through the Attorney General of Ondo State, Jegede,  filed a notice of preliminary objection, urging the court to discountenance Olanusi and strike out his suit.

Jegede, who described Olanusi’s suit as an abuse of court processes, said the ex-deputy governor goofed by approaching the court through a fundamental right enforcement application to challenge his impeachment

Osun Judge Calls For Aregbesola’s Impeachment Over Unpaid Salaries

An Osun State judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi has called on the state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the state’s financial resources by the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy in accordance with Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution, saying there is no moral justification for their continued stay in office.

Folahanmi, in a 30-page petition urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International among others, to investigate any other person found to be responsible for what he described as ‘’ deliberate mismanagement of the economy of Osun State.’’

The petitioner further accused Aregbesola of acting in defiance of some sections of the constitution which bordered on the welfare of Osun indigenes.

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Stop Branding Fayose As ‘God-Anointed’, Ekiti APC Tells Reps-Elect

The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed the statement issued by members-elect of the House of Representatives from the state on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, saying they should stop branding Governor Ayodele Fayose as God-anointed.

The Ekiti State APC said the Reps-elect were shying away from the issues raised by the party.

In a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party argued that “It is surprising that PDP in its reaction did not fault any of our claims on the quality of the membership of the House of Assembly as presently constituted, but went on a puerile, petulant and inane attempt to shift attention from our main argument that Ekiti House of Assembly is having the worst membership composition in history in the hallowed chamber to protect the governor instead of quality membership with courage and education to understand the serious business of law-making for the benefit of all Ekiti people”.

The party, however, said that “instead of faulting us, PDP confirmed the fears we raised when it called on the new members to be loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose to avoid the 19 APC lawmakers’ experience”.

Besides, APC wondered when it has become a norm for the “lawmakers to be loyal to the governor before the executive and legislature can work in harmony”.

Faulting remarks by the Reps-elect, the party said “it is particularly shocking that PDP’s reaction is coming from the House of Representatives members-elect, which seems to compound our fears that Ekiti State will be represented at both state and national levels by clueless individuals who owe allegiance to Fayose and not the people that elected them”.

“We advise that PDP should stop branding Fayose as God-anointed. The whole world knows and understands the process that produced him”, the APC stated.

Impeachment: Fayose Appeals To Buhari, CJN

Against perceived moves to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose, the hierarchy of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, stepped up pressure on President Muhammudu Buhari to prevail on his party faithful and security agencies to check the disruption of the peace in the state.

The impeachment moves allegedly spearheaded by the outgoing members of the State House of Assembly, remained a matter of speculation yesterday even as it was claimed that the 19 legislators belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC, may storm the state today.

Governor Fayose, on his part, called on President Buhari and Justice Mahmoud to call the 19 APC lawmakers to order.

Fayose, who spoke with newsmen at the Governor’s Lodge over the tension elicited by the speculated move of the APC legislators, insisted that all the entitlements of the APC lawmakers have been paid contrary to Speaker Adewale Omirin’s claim that they were yet to be paid.

The governor flaunted copies of the Skye Bank cheques dated May 26, 2015, issued to the lawmakers to corroborate his claim. One of the cheques, which bore the name Boluwade Bolie Kehinde was received on behalf of the lawmaker and had a sum of N2,149,052 .37on it

Fayose said it would amount to illegality for the embattled speaker, Adewale Omirin to continue to hold claim as the speaker when actually he had been removed from the post as far back as November 2014.

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Niger State Lawmakers Abandon Impeachment Plan On Gov. Aliyu After Receiving N17 million Each

According to reports, the impeachment against the Niger State Governor, Aliyu Babangida, may have been dropped as members of the state House of Assembly pushing for the governor’s removal have been allegedly paid N17m each with the additional promise that their other demands would be met as well. The N17m is said to be part of the allowances they were owed since February.
The speaker said he couldn’t confirm this report.
However, one of the lawmakers said, “It was not as if the governor bribed us, it is our legal entitlements and we have a right to ask for it before the expiration of our tenure. We have been paid and calm has returned to the assembly complex.” So because they had been paid, they decided against impeaching the Governor, he said.
It will be recalled that last week, the lawmakers had sacked the leadership of the assembly and elected a new leadership over a series of allegations including non-implementation of house resolutions, poor staff and members’ welfare and non-release of the statutory allocation to the assembly for months. This, it was learnt, was done to pave the way for the removal of the governor.
To frustrate the lawmakers, the governor had headed for the court where he secured an order to restrain the legislators from making any move to impeach him.
The House of Assembly was also occupied by security operatives for so many days to prevent the members from entering into the assembly complex to carry out their legislative duties.
Due to this, Kawu had threatened to institute a legal action against the Niger State Police Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Amore, over what he described as the illegal occupation of the state House of Assembly by security operatives.
Calm seems to have returned and all seems to be well.
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Fayose, Ekiti labour Leaders’ Conspiracy Won’t Stop Impeachment – APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has said the conspiracy between labour union leaders and Governor Ayodele Fayose won’t stop the impeachment proceedings, if the lawmakers decide to carry out their constitutional duties.

The party said it was vindicated over the alarm it raised that the state labour leaders had joined forces with the governor to stall his impeachment by the 19 members of the House of Assembly.

The Ekiti APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, on Friday, said that the governor’s latest directive that workers should fill verification forms that would last for one month before he could pay workers’ salary was a confirmation of its allegation.

He alleged that the provocative action was in the full knowledge and cooperation of labour leaders who had been deceiving the state workers in a scheme clearly against their interests while the labour leaders smiled to the banks.

Olatubosun said the labour leaders were aware of the governor’s new initiative to fill verification forms.

“The exercise is billed to end on May 19 after which there will be a report to be submitted at the end of May.

“This will make workers angry and the labour leaders will pretend that they are unhappy. They will then mobilise workers for an indefinite strike to stall the governor’s impeachment”, he explained.

Olatubosun advised workers to be take their fate in their own hands as no amount of strike could stop the impeachment if the lawmakers wanted to carry out their constitutional duties.

“The lawmakers are not civil servants. The constitution does not say lawmakers cannot sit when workers are on strike. It is a pity that workers are facing their current challenges because they have a lawless, deceitful and uncaring governor”.

The APC spokesperson stated that the governor would have short-changed beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the Millennium Development Goals instrument by N70,000, if not for its prompt outcry in the media.

“This morning, the governor quickly instructed that the remaining N40, 000 to the beneficiaries, who may start receiving their alerts any moment from now, be paid”.

The APC spokesperson asked that “if Fayose was not planning to pocket the balance of N70,000 per head totalling N155.7m, why didn’t he pay at once when the money had already been released by the MDGs office in Abuja more than five months ago?”

Meanwhile, the state government said it had commenced the payment of N100, 000 to each of the 2,250 beneficiaries of the CCT scheme, which will be released to their wallets accounts in four tranches on daily basis, starting from next Wednesday.

Fayose, Labour Conspiracy Won’t Stop Impeachment- APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has said the conspiracy between labour union leaders and Governor Ayodele Fayose won’t stop the impeachment proceedings, if the lawmakers wanted to carry out their constitutional duties.

The party said it was vindicated over the alarm it raised that the state labour leaders had conspired with Fayose to stall his impeachment by the House of Assembly.

APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement on Friday that the governor’s latest directive that workers should fill verification forms that would last for one month before he could pay workers’ salary was a confirmation of its allegation.

He alleged that the provocative action was in the full knowledge and cooperation of labour leaders who had been deceiving the state workers in a scheme clearly against their interests while the labour leaders smiled to their banks.

Olatubosun said the labour leaders were in the picture of the governor’s new initiative to fill verification forms. “The exercise is billed to end on May 19 after which there will be a report to be submitted at the end of May.

“This will make workers angry and the labour leaders will pretend that they are unhappy. They will then mobilise workers for an indefinite strike to stall the governor’s impeachment,” he explained.

Olatubosun advised workers to be masters of their own fate as no amount of strike could stop the impeachment if the lawmakers wanted to carry out their constitutional duties. “The lawmakers are not civil servants. The constitution does not say lawmakers cannot sit when workers are on strike. It is a pity that workers are facing their current challenges because they have a lawless, deceitful and uncaring governor.”

The APC spokesperson stated that the governor would have short-changed beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the Millennium Development Goals instrument by N70,000, if not for its outcry in the media. “This morning, the governor quickly instructed that the remaining N40, 000 to the beneficiaries who may start receiving their alerts any moment from now be paid.”

Olatubosun said if Fayose was not planning to pocket the balance of N70,000 per head totalling N155.7m, why didn’t he pay at once when the money had already been released by the MDGs office in Abuja more than five months ago”?

Meanwhile, the state government said it had commenced the payment of N100, 000 to each of the 2,250 beneficiaries of the CCT scheme, which will be released to their wallets accounts in four tranches on daily basis, starting from Wednesday.

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Protest In Enugu Over Planned Impeachment Of Gov. Chime

Hundreds of protesters have flooded the Enugu government house, kicking against the planned impeachment of Governor Sullivan Chime by members of the State’s House of Assembly.

Fifteen members of the House of Assembly, led by the speaker, Hon. Eugene Odo, had on Monday directed the clerk to serve Chime the impeachment notice.

However, reports gather that hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party, especially women and youths, have taken over the Government House, calling on the lawmakers to drop the plan.

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Ekiti Impeachment Plot: Mother Of Late Olaiya & Widow Seek Justice

The impeachment plot against Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose assumed a new di­mension yesterday with the governor urging Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba to investigate the killing of a protester, Modupe Olaiya on Tuesday. This is even as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threw its weight behind Fayose.

Olaiya was killed when Speaker Ad­ewale Omirin, was leading 18 other All Progressives Congress (APC) mem­bers to Ekiti to continue the impeach­ment plot, aborted by Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) loyalists. Mother of the deceased, Mrs Ag­beke Olaiya, yesterday revealed how she lost her 32-year-old son. She is de­manding justice.

She and Olaiya’s widow, Yinka, were at the Government House, Ado- Ekiti, wailing over their loss. Madam Olaiya said: “My son was 32-year-old. It happened at Fabo, at Efon Alaye’s Junction on the way to Ijebu-Ijesha. I was told a serving APC member of the House of Assembly shot him. He is an indigene of Efon.

“They said he was coming with some Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), members from Lagos. They made a de­tour in Osun, but they were coming to Ekiti through Ijebu-Ijesha…”

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Fayose, Deputy, Others Lose Bid To Stop Impeachment

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and his deputy, Olusola Kolapo, yesterday lost the bid to stop moves for their impeachment. A Federal High Court in Abuja rejected their prayers for interim orders restraining House of Assembly Speaker Adewale Omirin and other All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola and others from proceeding with the impeachment plot.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on their motion ex-parte, granted them leave for substituted services of all processes in relation to the suit, on the defendants.

The judge ordered Omirin and other defendants in the suit to appear before the court on April 16 to show why the restraining orders sought against them by the plaintiffs should not be granted. The plaintiffs include Joseph Dele Olugbemi (who claimed to be Speaker), the  House of Assembly, Fayose and Kolapo. Listed as defendants are Omirin, the inspector general of Police (IGP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the chief judge.

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Ikuru Planned To Impeach Amaechi Before Defecting To PDP – APC

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has expressed joy over the exit of the state deputy governor, Tele Ikuru, from the party, describing him as a “mole” in the party.

Mr. Ikuru resigned his membership of the APC on Sunday, describing it “as a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists clothed in robes of pretence and deceit”.

He also canvassed support for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Nyesom Wike.
The governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has since expressed shock over the reasons given by his deputy for dumping the APC, which both of them joined in 2013.

In a statement, the Chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Davies Ikanya, described Mr. Ikuru’s exit as “good riddance to bad rubbish”.

He said, “Contrary to the thinking in some quarters, the defection of Engr. Tele Ikuru did not come to us as a surprise. Rather than being shocked, we feel relieved that he is no more part of us because Ikuru was a PDP mole in our midst all these while. Unknown to most people, Ikuru initially refused to leave PDP for APC with Governor Rotimi Amaechi in November 2013.

“However, after series of meetings with his uncle and political mentor, Chief Uche Secondus, the National Vice Chairman of PDP, and some other PDP bigwigs, he was prevailed upon to follow his principal into APC.

“Engr. Ikuru was asked to stay behind to monitor the activities of APC and most importantly to act as a mole for his uncle and plot the fall of APC in the State – a mission which he failed to accomplish because APC is not just a party in Rivers State but indeed a revolutionary movement fully embraced and jealously guarded by the people of the State.”

Mr. Ikanya alleged that the calculation of the PDP and Mr. Ikuru was that Mr. Amaechi would be impeached by hook or crook to clear the way for him (Ikuru) to assume as governor.

He said in keeping with the plot of making Mr. Ikuru the substantive governor, the PDP set in motion a machinery, to use five members of the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker, but the move was foiled by the Majority Leader, Chidi Lloyd, and other members of the House.

Ebonyi Assembly Begins Impeachment Proceedings Against Gov. Elechi

Ebonyi State House of Assembly has agreed to serve an impeachment notice on Governor Martin Elechi, after accusing the governor of corruption and gross misconduct.

A motion for the notice to be served on the governor was approved after the acting Majority Leader of the House, Francis Nwifruru, on Friday, read details accusing Mr. Elechi of undermining the integrity of the House and committing fraudulent acts.

The Ebonyi Assembly had last Wednesday, February 18, set up a panel to investigate allegations of financial misappropriation against the governor and some of his aides.

The assembly took the decision following petitions it received from groups in the state, including Ebonyi Integrity Group.

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly that Follows the Impeachment of President Jonathan

It is now believed that over 200 honorable members of the House of spectators, pardon me, representatives, and about 60 seat warmers, sorry again, Senators – have signed the impeachment notice against President Jonathan – and ready to be issued to him on third of December next month. The impeachment proceeding against the President is connected with the siege of the national assembly by the Police last week.

Some reports have it that the parliamentarians want to use the threat of impeachment for personal gains. Instead of the parliamentarians to start the impeachment proceeding genuinely, because of corruption or a ” grave violation of the constitution, but they chose to do it for personal gains. For what ever, reason(s), removing Jonathan is good and in good direction. After thorough analysis of what is going on in Nigeria, I came to conclusion that, impeaching President Jonathan will see and bring the following;

  1. The rise up militancy in the Niger Delta: Oil bunkering, pipelines vanderlism, kidnapping of foreign Oil workers. The likes of Asari, Tompolo will strike again. They will try to undermine the subsequent regime government so as to make things difficult. Already, Dokubu has issued several threats that if Jonathan fail to make it as President after 2015, there will be violence. It will be recalled Dokubu was arrested in south Africa trying to smuggling arms to Nigerian moron government.
  2. The end of insurgency and Boko Haram: this is because, the Likes Of Ihejerika, Modu Shariff will be brought before justice. And the next government will be aggressive in ending the whole thing. Also, if
    the next leader or Namadi Sambo is committed, the over 8 billion dollars budgeted annually for the defense and security will be use judiciously.
  3. Criminals in the current government will go and brought to justice: the likes of petroleum minister Alison Madukwe, IG of police, the western and IMF finance minister, Stella Oduah, etc will be
    brought before justice. It will be recalled that Oduah bought two cars of over 250 million naira. Likewise Maina of the pension scam, subsidy scam, the missing 20 billion dollars etc.
  4. The executives will start to respect the parliamentarians: the House of reps has been battling with Jonathan to sack Orumah Eteh of security and exchange commission (SEC) but he refused, if Jonathan is to go, then the national assembly will sack Eteh. Also, the other thousands of recommendations, by the national assembly will be observed. Like wise the state House of assembly can start to muscle
    their governors.
  5. It will further enrich our democracy: that will, because, who ever becomes the next President will know that impeachment exist in Nigerian constitution and is Practicable.
  6. Nigeria’s image will be boosted: Jonathan has been embarrassing Nigeria for a long time. He went to UN assembly with 600 people, he was not able to speak in the AU in 2013, etc. If Nigeria is able to
    get a courageous leader like Murtala Muhammad or Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s image will surely be redeemed.
  7. Reawakening of Naira: If is impeached, the Naira will reawaken again. This is because, Jonathan has been wasteing our resources incessantly. He spent 30 billion naira annually on the Presidency.
    Even now that Naira is failing, the government is expected to usher in an austerity measure, but still they are on the spree.
  8. Nigeria will continue beyond 2015: with insinuations all over that Nigeria will disintegrate and will not continue beyond 2015, that was because Jonathan and PDP will rig the election. If he is impeached, then that solves our entire problem.

The national assembly should move fast and impeach Jonathan. They shouldn’t spare him he deserve to. They should be objective. Let them know Nigerians are waiting and all eyes are on them. Jonathan must go.

Doctor Ahmad Akintola @FrontNigeria

Views Expressed are Solely Author’s.

 

63 Senators Sign to Impeach Jonathan

No fewer than 63 senators have signalled their intentions to commence impeachment moves against President Goodluck Jonathan, just as 215 members of the House of Representatives have allegedly signed the impeachment register.

Daily Sun gathered yesterday evening that eight senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had joined the ranks of All Progressives Congress (APC) to start the impeachment process.

A ranking senator from the APC confirmed the existence of the list and also, disclosed that some members of the ruling party in the Red Chamber “willingly wrote their names and appended their signatures to commence impeachment proceedings against President Jonathan.”

Reminded that the impeachment process, as stipulated in the constitution, was a lengthy process and that the Seventh Senate might not have the time to see through the process, he replied: “We will start the president’s impeachment once we get the required number. Some of the PDP senators have already signed the register.”

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