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Shape Up Or Risk Impeachment, NASS Tells Buhari |The Republican News

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•Northern lawmakers move to save the president

Fred Itua; Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The two chambers of the National Assembly (NASS) has handed President Muhammadu Buhari a marching order to shape up or risk impeachment.

Specifically, the lawmakers threatened to invoke its constitutional powers if the president failed to act on resolutions it reached during a joint session, yesterday.

Chief among the resolution is a call on security agencies to redouble their efforts to curtail the sustained killing of Nigerians across the country and protect lives and properties of Nigerians, which according to NASS, is the primary duty of any responsible government.

The lawmakers also mandated the president to take immediate steps to contain the growing level of unemployment and poverty, especially now that the oil price has risen to $80 per barrel

While the lawmakers passed a vote of confidence in the entire leadership of the National Assembly, they reaffirmed their earlier resolution of vote of no confidence in the Inspector General of Police, who they claimed “does nothing other than preside over the killing of innocent Nigerian and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the president and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.

Both chambers had converged at about 12:35pm and the session lasted for about three hours.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who was a co-presiding officer, read out an 11-point communiqué.
But the session did not end without a drama. As soon as the Senate concluded its closed-door meeting, before it proceeded to the House of Representatives, leader of pro-Buhari senators, Abdullahi Adamu, staged a walkout and also shunned the joint executive session between the two chambers.

Meanwhile, 162 northern lawmakers have begun moves to foil plans to impeach President Buhari.
A member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Gudaji Kazuare, who spoke to National Assembly correspondents on his misgivings about some of the resolutions taken by the parliament in a joint executive session, alleged that some lawmakers were already gathering signatures to impeach the president.

He added that immediately some of them from the north got wind of the plot, they mobilised and formed a group of 162 Northern lawmakers to frustrate the move.

However, he said the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have been appealing to those planning to sponsor the motion on impeachment to soft-pedal.
Giving an insight into what transpired at the joint executive session, he said members were unanimous on the all resolutions, except the one that talked about the parliament taking necessary constitutional steps against President Buhari if he failed to implement the resolutions.

“I have never seen this kind of hot joint session. What is the necessary legislative action, what is the necessary action, if not impeachment? Many of us are not interested in threatening the president.

“As far as we are alive, nobody will threaten the president. People are collecting signatures to serve impeachment notice on the president. That impeachment notice, even if it is served, cannot work.
Nobody will impeach the president, same way we said nobody will impeach the Speaker and Senate president.

“Because we want to protect the integrity of the president, we formed a forum of 162 members to make it impossible for them to get two-third majority in the House. When they come for impeachment, we will make sure 162 members are not with them,” he vowed.

Notwithstanding, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the resolution is a vindication of its stance on the Buhari administration.

The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, commended members of the National Assembly “for their patriotism and courage in unanimously standing up for democracy, rule of law, national stability and cohesion at this trying time.”

It stated that Nigerians would recall that it had repeatedly pointed out alleged “violations of our constitution, unprecedented executive highhandedness, abuse of the rights of citizens and the erosion of all known democratic norms under this administration.”

While it stressed the need to call the president to order through the appropriate legislative instrument, the PDP called on all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of party affiliations, to rally round NASS to save the country’s democracy.

Reacting, former chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin disowned the resolution, which he claimed was drafted by an ally of Senate president in the House, Razak Atunwa.

Jibrin in a statement issued on behalf of the Parliamentary Support Group said to comprise senators and House members, stated that the resolutions were adopted without voting, as required in taking decisions in the parliament.

He alleged that the executive session was a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affair, noting that only opposition lawmaker spoke at the session, while their All Progressives Congress (APC )counterpart refrained participating in the discussion to avoid a confrontation.    (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Eke-Ukwu Market Demolition: Imo Indigenes Demand Okorocha’s Impeachment

 

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Imo State Governor, Owele Rochas Okorocha

 

From: MAGNUS EZE, Abuja

Some concerned indigenes of Imo State, leaving in Abuja, have demanded the immediate impeachment of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

The call was coming on the heels of the controversy generated by last Saturday’s demolition of Eke-Ukwu market along popular Douglas Road, Owerri.

The concerned stakeholders, said this, at a press conference in Abuja, on Tuesday morning.   (The Sun)

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REPORT: WH Lawyers Consulting Experts On Impeachment Proceedings

 

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Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey© Provided by The Hill Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey  

President Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly started looking to experts for information on impeachment proceedings to prepare for the possibility of Trump being forced out of office.

Sources from the White House told CNN Friday that while they believe Trump being impeached is unlikely, they have started researching impeachment proceedings amid more calls from Democratic lawmakers to impeach the president.

The news comes after almost two weeks of bombshell reports for the Trump administration. Comey’s abrupt firing last week and subsequent stories surrounding his firing have caused a firestorm in Washington.

On Monday it was revealed Trump shared top-secret information with Russian officials. On Friday it was reported that during that same exchange with Russian leaders, Trump said that firing Comey “eased” investigation pressures. And according to a Tuesday report, Trump once asked Comey to stop the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The multiple revelations have led lawmakers to question the intentions of Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Some call it an obstruction of justice meant to interfere with the bureau’s investigation of Trump’s campaign ties to Moscow. Others have called for impeachment over it.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) spoke out at a closed-door House Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday morning to highlight the urgency of removing Trump, whom the Democrats increasingly see as a national security liability.

Almost simultaneously, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) took to the House floor to trumpet the impeachment call he’d sounded earlier in the week. He characterized his decision as a “position of conscience.”

While Trump still has a strong Republican backing in Congress, his lawyers are reportedly taking the warnings seriously by learning how to approach possible impeachment.  (The Hill)

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