PDP Reps Says They Are Not Intereted In Calls To Impeach Buhari
Some opposition members of the House of Representatives have stated they are uninterested in President Muhammadu Buhari‘s possible impeachment.
While some pointed to the timing as a key consideration, others asserted that Buhari’s henchmen who preside over the Senate and the House of Representatives, the two chambers of the National Assembly, would fiercely thwart any attempt to have him removed.
Recall that on July 26, 2022, the minority caucus in the Senate, led by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, staged a walkout from plenary in protest against the high level of insecurity in the nation as the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, thwarted their attempts to initiate impeachment proceedings against Buhari.
They then gave the President a six-week deadline to resolve the conflict or risk being impeached.
The House of Representatives minority caucus swiftly supported the call, stating that the impeachment procedure will start in the Green Chamber after the Senate’s ultimatum expired.
However, in response to the news, a few opposition MPs told Vanguard yesterday that they were uninterested, highlighting the fact that the timing was incorrect due to how long it would take to really implement the impeachment.
Only nine months remain for the current administration to complete its term and leave office.
One of the lawmakers said: “We called on members of NASS to commence impeachment of Mr. President two years ago and we also urged Nigerians to call on their Representatives to commence impeachment.
“We did so because we identified the incompetence of the present administration and its unresponsive posture to the yearnings of the people and its glaring inability to protect the lives of Nigerians which is a fundamental constitutional breach.
“Perhaps members were then either too busy or just laid back to appreciate what we were saying. It was branded a personal call. Both Nigerians and parliamentarians, including the press, played it down.
“The present call for impeachment only vindicates us and very sincerely is coming late in the day and not much benefit will come to the masses.
“I respect the parliament for even rising at all but I will not be surprised to hear that the call has been dropped.
“I pray that Nigerian lives matter to all of us in various public offices. This insecurity is like rainfall, it doesn’t discriminate on grounds of political leaning, tribe or religion. It falls on all roofs.
Another lawmaker who craved anonymity, said: “I am not aware. I was never in support of the impeachment, considering the time it will require to see the process through, more so that the presiding officers in both chambers are the president’s ‘’yes men.”