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NASS resolution: Reps angry, deny plotting Buhari’s impeachment

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Drama ensued on Wednesday as members of the House of Representatives denied any plan to initiate impeachment process against Muhammadu Buhari, the  President  of Nigeria.

Members also said the claim of signatures being collected for the purpose of achieving the alleged impeachment was imaginary and did not exist.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, resolved to investigate the impeachment claim by directing the Committee on Ethics/Privileges to look into it.

The twist started when two members accused of being the ringleaders of signature collection , rose to address the House, dismissing the allegation .

One of the members, Nicholas Ossai, told the House that he was in shock on Tuesday when he heard a colleague from Jigawa State, Mohammed Gudaji-Kazaure , saying that signatures were being collected.

Incidentally, Ossai, who is from Delta State, is the Chairman, Committee on Ethics/Privileges .

Ossai stated that before he would contemplate collecting signatures to impeach the President, he would have to first consult his constituents.
“I am surprised that Kazaure would raise such an allegation. I am not collecting any signature; why does he want to tarnish my image?

“My constituents will even ask why I did not consult them before collecting signatures. But, there is no truth in this because I am not collecting signatures. ”

Ossai begged the leave of the House to step aside as the Chairman of the Committee so that the investigation would be thoroughly conducted without interference by him.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Kingsley Chinda, who was also linked with the reported signature collection, dissociated himself from it.

Chinda said though impeachment was a legislative duty that would be carried out whenever it became necessary, in the extant situation with Buhari, it had not been contemplated.

“I will rather say that we should not bother ourselves with that allegation , even though it is a legislative duty,” he added.

The House also took another decision on the comments of its former Chairman , Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin .

It summoned Jibrin to appear before the Committee on Ethics/ Privileges to clarify his statement that the resolutions passed by a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday were influenced by the Peoples Democratic Party.

The joint session had called on Buhari to stop the killings by herdsmen in the country, harassment of political opponents and not to be selective in the fight against corruption.

It added that if the President did not comply with the resolutions within a reasonable time, the National Assembly would invoke its constitutional powers against the executive .
Gudaji -Kazaure immediately interpreted the threat of invoking constitutional powers to mean impeachment and vowed not to support it.

He had also alleged that signatures were being collected .

Also, a member from Kogi State, Karimi Sunday, had raised Jibrin’ s claim under matter of privilege, urging the House to summon him to face the Committee on Ethics/ Privileges.

“Jibrin went to the media to raise issues that contradicted our discussions at the executive session. He spoke on things that were not even mentioned at all. He also lied that only PDP members spoke .

“Mr Speaker, this is a lie and it is very unfortunate the way we are going.”

Reacting to the development, Dogara expressed surprise over Jibrin’ s statement.

He said it was more disturbing that a member, who did not attend the executive session, was the one writing about issues that were not discussed by Senators and Reps members.

“I will refer Ossai’s issue and the issue raised by Kirimi to the Committee on Ethics/ Privileges for investigation,” the Speaker ruled.