Following the resumption of the N’Assemblyon Tuesday October 9 2018, facts emerged that the plot to impeach Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Reps seems to have suffered major setback as members of the APC failed to muster the two-third majority.
As at Tuesday, APC has 190 members while PDP has 157, APGA has 5 members, ADC has 4 members, SDP has one member while Accord Party has one member. Meanwhile there are two vacant seats resulting from the death of Buba Jubrin (APC-Kogi) and Funke Adedoyin (PDP-Kwara).
Sources close to the PDP caucus who spoke under condition of anonymity however observed that some of the APC lawmakers appointed as principal officers may lose their seats in the wake of the impeachment plot. According to the lawmakers, list of deviant lawmakers are being compiled and necessary action may be referred to the Ethics and Privileges Committee for necessary action.
While reacting to the impeachment of Speaker, Mohammed Tahir Mungonu (APC- Borno) who expressed reservation over the impeachment plot, admitted that impeaching Speaker Dogara remains a herculean task for the APC considering the status of the membership of the ruling party. He observed that Speaker Dogara who recently decamped to PDP can only be impeached if APC caucus can muster 240 members as required by the
1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The parliamentary conventions and norms is that the majority party produces the leadership of the party except Nigeria will be an exception. My only advice is for the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to honourably resign their positions since they are now members of the minority party. In consonance with best democratic norms and values that is obtainable all over the world. Based on moral situation but with regards to the constitution, we need two-third to remove them and if the APC can muster that two-third majority, I wish APC members good luck,” he noted.
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