Reps Back Down Moves To Impeach Buhari
The House of Representatives has resolved to step down moves to commence impeachment proceedings against the president.
The lawmakers had earlier called for the impeachment of Buhari for approving the release of $496 million for the purchase of some fighter jets without consulting the National Assembly.
At plenary on Thursday, the lawmakers reached a compromise and decided that rather than initiating impeachment proceedings against the President, the Committee on Rules and Business should look for a way to resolve the matter.
A letter from Buhari requesting the approval of the lawmakers to the expenditure after it had been made was introduced on Thursday.
Muhammed Monguno from Borno State then moved a motion entitled: ‘Request to include the sum of US$496 million in the 2018 Appropriation Bill for the purchase of Super Tucano Aircraft from the US government’.
Monguno urged the House to include the money in the 2018 budget as “the president’s anticipatory approval was granted based on the critical importance of the aircraft to national security”.
The motion was immediately countered by Nicholas Ossai, a PDP lawmaker from Delta State. Raising a point of order, Ossai argued that the request ought to come in form of a bill, not a motion.
But Munir Danagundi, an APC lawmaker from Kano, said the President “committed no sin.”
He said: “I did not see any sin that has been committed, section 82 of the Constitution says ‘the appropriation bill in respect of any financial year has not been passed into law by the beginning of the financial year, the President may authorise the withdrawal of moneys in the consolidated revenue fund of the federation for the purpose of meeting expenditure necessary to carry on the services of the government of the federation for a period not exceeding months or until the coming into operation of the Appropriate Act, whichever is the earlier’ so the president has done nothing wrong.”
Some lawmakers mostly in the PDP immediately kicked against Danagundi’s claim, accusing him of being sentimental.
But the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, called for calm and said the matter should be transparently addressed.
Thereafter, he ruled that the House Committee on Rules and Business should look at the matter and advise the house on the appropriate steps to take.WATCH: Buhari has the right to contest again... Nigerians speak