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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Lawmakers Vs Buhari: Senators, Reps give Buhari conditions to avoid impeachment

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Pressure group Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) yesterday warned against heating up the polity for selfish reasons.
The PSG described the stormy joint session as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affair because members of All Progressives Congres (APC) did not partake in the debate to avoid issues degenerating into rowdiness.
The group said rather than heat up the polity for selfish political reasons, any senators or member of the House of Representives who is facing corruption or criminal allegation, should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.
The statement signed on behlf of the group by Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC,Kano), said  the resolution of the joint session was predetermined and drawn up by an ally of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The group reiterated its support for President Muhammadu Buhari adding that the resolution was not voted on according to parliamentary norm.
The statement reads: “The Parliamentary Support Group of the Senate and House of Representatives is aware of the joint Executive session of the National Assembly held today and wish to state as follows:
  • That almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive session are of the PDP while members of the APC declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP Executive session
  • That it is commendable that the Speaker tactically refused to make any comment at the session even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal
  • That it is disturbing and raised many questions of pre determined intentions that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara State Hon Rasak Atunwa drafted what was adopted as the resolution and without voting against standard parliamentary practice.
  • That most of the issues raised concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law has been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.
  • That we commend the efforts of Mr President in the fight against corruption, tackling of the insecurity challenges and respect for rule of law and democratic institutions. Mr President is known for his non interference policy.
  • That every Senator or Member of House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter
  • That the National Assembly should as well look in ward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means
  • That the PDP should recall how it members in the 7th Assembly sat comfortably in the chamber and watched a sitting Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal locked out of the National Assembly and all his security personnels withdrawn while APC members had to scale the fence to gain entrance into the National Assembly
  • That we must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat the polity with statements that are capable of dividing the country, embarrassing us before the watching world and creating friction between the legislature, Executive and specifically Mr President.
  • We wish to reaffirm our support to Mr President as he works assiduously towards dealing with the challenges of our country.
Immediately after the session a member of the House of Representatives Mohammaed Gudaji Kazaure (Jigawa State) told reporters that lawmakers from the north would not support any impeach,ent move against the President.
. Although he expressed support for the resolution, he rejected any bid for impeachment, saying soe of the issues could not be carried out immediately by the President.
He advised the President to look inward and review the activities of some of his aides.
He said some of the President’s aides that could not command electoral relevance were undermining his efforts at moving the nation forward.
According to him, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara appealed to the sponsors of the impeachment move to have a change of mind.
He said while all the members were unanimous on the resolution, all hell broke lose when the invocation of necessary constitutional provisions against President Buhari, if he failed to implement the resolution, was raised.
He said: “I have never seen this kind of hot joint session.  What is the necessary legislative action, if not impeachment?  Many of us are not interested in threatening the President”
Kazuare noted that immediately some of them from the North got wind of the plot to impeach the President, they quickly mobilised and formed a group of 162 Northern lawmakers to frustrate the move.
He said: “Many of us are not in support of threatening the President because he is a man of integrity. We know his heart is clean. But people are complaining about some people surrounding him.
“Today,  I call on the President to checkmate those people. Let him remove anybody that people are complaining about.
“Let him remove them and bring people that will move this country forward, because enough is enough.
“We don’t want a situation whereby some people will create problems for the president, then at the end, we will come to this House and complain against the President.
“While the President is around in the Villa and doesn’t know what is going on in the country. Because unless they come and brief him, and sometimes, they brief him wrongly, and that is the reality.
“As we are in the House of Representatives, I’m sure we have some members in the Senate, I’m sure we will not allow anybody to threaten the President.
“The President will remain the President and he will be re- elected, when he finishes his eight years, he will go, then anybody can come. But that threat is the only thing that worried me in the Chamber.
“Because after all the resolutions, they said without the executive adopting the resolutions we will use any legislative power that we have against them.
“The issue of people collecting signatures to serve notice of impeachment to the president, we know it’s there in the House. But we know nobody can afford to come and show us that they will impeach the President in the Chamber.
“Nobody will do that, because there is no two-thirds. I’m sure there is no two- third in the House of Representatives because our group, we are strong enough to stop any impeachment
“I agree with the legislature for saying that we have to improve the security of this country and that the killings must end. This is accepted, and the issue of the people around the president that are not performing, I accept that the president should change them or sack them.“Issue of intimidating people like intimidating a whole Senate President, saying he sponsored a robbery, a whole Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it embarrassed this institution. I will not support it and I’m sure the President never supported it”.

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