- Compile list of impeachable offenses
No fewer than 63 senators have signaled 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.”
Pointing at some of the law books on the shelf in his office, the senator insisted that lawmakers “are versed in the law. We know what to do.”
It was gathered that some of the president’s alleged offenses reportedly compiled by the senators included police invasion of the National Assembly on Thursday, November 20; disregard for the parliament as evidenced in the invasion of Ekiti House of Assembly, persistent non-implementation of national budgets, even after the National Assembly had consistently warned that it was a breach of the constitution.
“The president has consistently usurped the powers of the National Assembly and it is time to put a stop to that. The constitution has granted us the powers to impeach any president that breaches the spirit and letters of the same constitution,” he said.
He also disclosed that the same process was on in the House of Representatives but declined to confirm whether PDP members had signed the impeachment register.