No going back on Buhari’s impeachment –Aggrieved PDP lawmakers threatens to remove Lawan from office

Some aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the National Assembly have debunked reports of backing down from the threat to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening insecurity in the country.

Recall, some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators, who were joined by some of their All Progressives Congress (APC) colleagues, as well as their counterparts in the House of Representatives, had issued a six-week ultimatum to the president to find a solution to the insecurity plaguing the country or be impeached.

The lawmakers in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Sunday, August 7, 2022, said they haven’t backed down on the plan to remove the President.

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The lawmakers also said if the Senate President inisisted on frustrating the move, he will also be removed.

PDP senator representing Osun East senatorial district, Francis Fadahunsi, said it was not true that the opposition party was retreating on their move to impeach the President.

According to him, it is a unanimous decision and nothing different has been communicated to them.

He said: “Who said so? Who are the opposition (lawmakers) that met? You did an interview with Senator Gershom Bassey who said that we meant what we said. Those people saying such are not feeling fine.

“Even northern senators are in support of the impeachment; you heard Senator Clifford (Ordia) from Edo, Senator Bulkachuwa (Mohammed) and the rest. So, who are those that told them so?

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“Bulkachuwa had earlier moved the motion but the Senate President shot him down because we were not around. Very soon, we will push him out of the place instead of dying one after the other and keeping silent.”

Corroborating his colleague, the All Progressives Grand Alliance lawmaker representing Abia South, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, also debunked the claims that the opposition senators had jettisoned their decision to remove Buhari.

Abaribe stated that he was not aware of such a decision as the plenary was adjourned on the same day they moved to impeach the president.

He said: “No such thing. We went on break that same day. “I’m not aware of any such development. Most likely untrue.”

Also supporting her colleagues, the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Abiodun Olujimi, said the reports that the senators were aborting the impeachment were untrue.

According to her, it was a unanimous agreement to impeach the president and they haven’t held any meeting since the last plenary.

She said: “I am not aware of such a decision, it was a settled issue that we have all agreed on the impeachment of the President if the insecurity state of the nation was not addressed.

“We haven’t held any meetings since then; at least to the best of my knowledge. So, things remain as they are.”

However, reacting, spokesperson for the Senate, Ajibola Bashiru, said the senate was not aware of any impeachment threat.

Bashiru said that there was no impeachment notice and a media walkout did not constitute an impeachment move.

He said: “Honestly, I don’t know anything about that, I am not aware that they have even filed any motion. Before you talk about an impeachment procedure, there must be a motion.

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