THREAT TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT JONATHAN IS A HOAX
by: Idumange John
Prima facie, the ultimate power of parliament is to remove a Chief Executive including the President on grounds of gross misconduct. Section 143 of the Constitution states inter alia that: (1). The President or the Vice President may be removed from office if he is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office….” The term gross misconduct refers to a huge range of issues not limited to budget implementation.
In contemporary times, there is no country or State that has recorded 100% implementation of her budget. In Nigeria, since independence, no administration has even recorded up to 70% budget implementation compliance because of three main factors.
Firstly, the engine of the Nigerian economy runs on crude oil alone at the sufferance of Agriculture, industrialization and other sectors of the economy. A crude oil mono-culture is volatile because the economy is susceptible to the vagaries and vicissitudes of global shocks, which are inconsistent with the Keynesianism and worship of government solutions. Secondly, because of crude politicking, political office holders (the law makers inclusive) engage in the unholy vocation of budget padding with massive preference to constituency allowances. Thus we do not keep to the budget cycle. The implication is waste of time inability to meet the goals of budgets. The third factor is that we adopt incremental budgeting with a very weak information system. This is why every year, supplementary appropriations are made.
When we factor-in some of the aforementioned challenges, it may be obvious that Parliament is wielding the big stick not entirely because of non-implementation of the budget but for political reasons. There are many probes going-on and a huge number of them involve corruption allegations against members of the House of Reps. Could the House be using the IMPEACHMENT THREAT to put a wedge or discourage the executive from proceeding with the EFCC trials? With all the damning allegations of corruption from Elumelugate, Hembegate to Faroukgate, does the House of Reps have the moral integrity to go for the President’s jugular? The answer is an EMPHATIC NO? It is a mere conspiracy to overheat the polity.
The whole exercise is politically motivated. Please read part 1 of this article this evening in most of the websites