Reps Threaten To Impeach Jonathan

Date: 20-07-2012 1:18 am (10 years ago) | Author: franel
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- at 20-07-2012 01:18 AM (10 years ago)
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«§» 20 July 2012

The face-off between the House of Representatives and President Goodluck Jonathan continued, Thursday, as some lawmakers served Mr. Jonathan a shocking impeachment warning, threatening to remove him from office if the 2012 budget was not fully implemented by September.



The impeachment warning by the Lawmakers followed a motion by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Minority Leader.

Citing an order of privilege, Mr. Gbajabiamila, a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), argued that the president was in negligence of his primary duty of implementing the budget which would have addressed the nation’s poor infrastructure.

“The President, by failing to implement the budget as passed by this honourable House, violates the 1999 Constitution and is therefore liable to be impeached under section 143 of the 1999 constitution,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.

The lawmaker said that while the House should respect the President’s personality, there was need to mete out the penalty, as a deterrent to leaders who flout the laws.

“Therefore, I want to hereby submit, that come September, we will begin to invoke and draw up articles of impeachment of Mr. President,” he declared while receiving a rousing support of members.


Blame Finance Minister

Mr. Gbajabiamila had hardly finished his speech when he was interrupted by Karibo Soalaboye (PDP/Bayelsa), who represents the President’s constituency in the House.

Mr. Soalaboye maintained that budget concerns should be laid at the table of the Ministry of Finance.

The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, agreed with Mr. Soalaboye and sustained his argument.


Poor budget implementation

The impeachment threat came on the heels of a motion by Albert Sam-Tsokwa (PDP/Taraba) and 20 others on the non-implementation of budgets by the Executive.

Mr. Sam-Tsokwa described the budget implementation as an annual national failure, saying only 30 per cent of the budget was implemented on average.

The motion was widely debated by 20 Chairmen of key House committees, including the Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Works, Agriculture, Customs, Gas, and Petroleum(Upstream).

Mr. Sam-Tsokwa expressed concern that seven months into the 2012 fiscal year, the implementation of the budget, as reported by the MDAs, indicates that the recurrent expenditure is judiciously implemented, while the capital expenditure is abysmally implemented.


Blame Jonathan for PIB delay

Earlier, Mr. Tambuwal called on Nigerians to hold the President responsible for the eventual delay that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) may face.

Mr. Jonathan was accused of sending the new PIB to the House on a day the chamber was commencing its annual break. The lawmakers commenced their annual break after Thursday’s sitting and are expected to resume on September 17.

The decision of the President to submit the bill to the lawmakers, a day to their recess, was criticized with some lawmakers suggesting the bill be rejected.


Posted: at 20-07-2012 01:18 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
- fextux at 20-07-2012 07:48 AM (10 years ago)
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Naijax wost presido......militant vs boko!!!!

Posted: at 20-07-2012 07:48 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Idbabe at 20-07-2012 10:10 AM (10 years ago)
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The impeachment is long overdue.  But all these na noise, Ghana must go will soon exhange hands and that is the end of story
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:10 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Merlin at 20-07-2012 10:11 AM (10 years ago)
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Thunder fire all the house members. Impeach who? How many of them have been recalled despite their collecting and soliciting for bribes? Or is it because their constituency allowance has not been released for them to 'chop'? I dare them to try it and see if there would be a house of assembly for them to sit in and talk rubbish. F*cking idiots.
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:11 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- malvin2525 at 20-07-2012 10:16 AM (10 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:16 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- nonsovin at 20-07-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago)
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IMPEACH KO!  IMPEACH NI!   Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- malvin2525 at 20-07-2012 10:30 AM (10 years ago)
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 Cool
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:30 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 20-07-2012 10:34 AM (10 years ago)
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What are they still waiting for?

Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:34 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Idbabe at 20-07-2012 10:37 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: mallorca on 20-07-2012 10:34 AM
What are they still waiting for?

They are waiting for ghana must go bags so that the case could be swept under the carpet as usual
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:37 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Merlin at 20-07-2012 10:48 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: Idbabe on 20-07-2012 10:37 AM
They are waiting for ghana must go bags so that the case could be swept under the carpet as usual
Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 20-07-2012 10:48 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- proly at 20-07-2012 11:02 AM (10 years ago)
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rubish
Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:02 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Lekan22 at 20-07-2012 11:05 AM (10 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:05 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Adikpe at 20-07-2012 11:18 AM (10 years ago)
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Make them shut up abeg. Dem all be birds of the same feather!
Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:18 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- tippa at 20-07-2012 11:24 AM (10 years ago)
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hungry people looking for another avenue for settlement...BIAFRA ACTIVATED, 2015
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- Xsey4u at 20-07-2012 11:29 AM (10 years ago)
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The Nigerian people should be the ones impeaching anybody in government and not the house of reps. But unfortunately, my people have decided to wait on God to do the impeachment. And i don't blame my people for waiting...at least this one thing religion has taught us. They that wait upon the Lord to do for themselves things that can be done by human beings will forever live in darkness and poverty.  
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- dizhadah at 20-07-2012 11:33 AM (10 years ago)
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 Undecided Lips Sealed
Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:33 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- crusifixo at 20-07-2012 11:47 AM (10 years ago)
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no need for the law in this one.....just evict him out of aso rock..... Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry
Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:47 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 20-07-2012 11:48 AM (10 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Posted: at 20-07-2012 11:48 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Fuck_Muslims at 20-07-2012 11:54 AM (10 years ago)
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they can't try that..................na just noise be that
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- Solidstonez at 20-07-2012 12:38 PM (10 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

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