Senate has distanced itself from the reported plan by members of the House of Representatives to commence the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan over the slow implementation of the 2012 Budget.
The House made the resolution last week following a motion moved by Albert Sam-Tsokwa, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representing Takum/ Donga/Ussa Federal Constituency, Taraba State, and 20 other members, in a motion entitled: “Poor implementation of the 2012 Budget, noting that, while the recurrent expenditure has kept pace with expectations, capital budget implementation seriously lags behind and leaves much to be desired.
The lawmakers have therefore given the executive up till the end of September to implement the budget 100 per cent, or they would commence impeachment proceedings against the President. Senate spokesman, Enyinnaya Abaribe in a telephone interview last night said members of the Upper Legislative chamber would not be part of the move, stating that at no time did the upper parliament consider such a line of action before it embarked on its current annual vacation.
He also said the Senate had not had any cause to reconvene or meet at a caucus level to consider such move. You are aware that the Senate is currently on vacation and I cannot recall the Senate debating such a motion before it went on break, Abaribe told us. He noted that, there is no way such a decision could be taken without it being discussed extensively, noting that, “even the issue had to be discussed by the upper chamber before it became public. Abaribe said the Senate speaks on such matters through a resolution and that it would be wrong for anybody to use the position of an individual senator as the view of the entire upper chamber.
A national newspaper (not Sunday Mirror) reported yesterday that the Senate may write President Goodluck Jonathan and express its displeasure over the slow pace of the implementation of the 2012 Budget, thus paving the way for the upper parliament to join their colleagues in the lower chamber to commence the compilation of impeachment offences against Jonathan.
Meanwhile, the National leadership of the PDP has begun the process of mending the misunderstanding between the executive and National Assembly to see how the issue can be resolved diplomatically. Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, who made the clarification in Abuja yesterday explained that even though those who were making impeachment threats might have good grounds for doing so, it was not bothered as it was not the first time a president was being threatened with impeachment.