Sunday, September 11, 2011

Opposition political parties plan to impeach president Jonathan of PDP Soon

A secret plot aimed at instigating the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan through opposition members of the National Assembly is being put in place by a coalition of opposition political parties, sources said on Friday.

It was gathered that the political parties involved in the plot include the Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) and the Conference of Nigeria's Political Parties(CNPP).

Sources however, confirmed that the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) is also being put in the know of the grand design to impeach Jonathan.

Insiders at a meeting between leaders of the CPC and CNPP, the National Conscience Party(NCP), and Progressives Action Congress(PAC) held recently at the CPC headquarters in Abuja informed that the plan has been concluded to instigate an impeachment process against President Goodluck Jonathan over what they perceived as poor performance in his 100 days in office.

Sources said that the plan is to use the occasion of a joint press conference to be addressed by the coalition of parties to call on the President to either resign voluntarily or be impeached by the National Assembly.

In the estimation of leaders of the opposition at the meeting, Jonathan has failed to live up to expectation in his 100 days in office. They mentioned areas of security, job creation and development as some of the main failures of the government.

According to a source, the meeting deliberated on issues including "the prevailing security situation in the country, the alleged battering of the Judiciary, the unfulfilled promise of public power supply, the deplorable socio-economic situation, and the continuous depletion of the nation's Foreign Reserve."

A chieftain of the CNPP was said to have told the meeting that if what has been  happening in Nigeria were to happen in another country, the  President would have voluntarily  resigned from office.

He asked the meeting to immediately call upon Mr. President to either resign or in the alternative, the opposition parties would call on their members in the National Assembly to start the process of impeaching him.

One of the CPC leaders at the meeting specifically stated that the opposition can rely on the parties members in the House of Representatives to kick-start the process by raising a motion on the impeachment of President Jonathan.

He also suggested that if members of the National Assembly were seen as delaying the move, a national mass protest should be called to draw attention to the President's failure to address what he called the socio-economic situation of the country, including  the epileptic power supply and the state of insecurity.

A leader of the CPC, who also attended the meeting was said to have lamented the President's decision to dabble into the operations of the Judiciary by approving the suspension of the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami.

The travails of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami  was said to have been raised at the meeting by another CPC leader, who opined that the leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) should be made to join the impeachment moves.

The CPC leader stated that the issue of Salami and the present state of insecurity in the country should form major parts of the planned press conference and mass protests as well as the impeachment move to be instigated against President Jonathan.

Those  said to have been linked to the meeting include the National Chairman of CNPP, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa , National Chairman of CPC, Prince  Tony Momoh; National Chairman of Progressive Action Congress(PAC), Chief Charles Nwodo; National Publicity Secretary of the CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwul Secretary of the CPC, Engineer Buba Galadima, National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Rotimi Fashakin;  a representative of the National Conscience Party(NCP) Tanko Yunusa  Representative of NCP; Alhaji Murtala Usman Aliyu, spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Yinka Odumakin and another member of the CNPP, Mr. Willy Ezugwu.

While Odumakin  told Sunday Tribune that he was not at the meeting, Okechukwu stated that the issue of the meeting and venue was inconsequential adding that what was important are the issues at stake.

"I don't think you need a meeting if you want to start an impeachment process. You only need to look at the issues. The only thing we know is that Jonathan has not shown enormous capacity to govern and it was unexpected of him to descend on the Judiciary because he was fully aware that Salami was in court," he said.

The CNPP spokesman stated that while the state of insecurity in the land remains one of the low sides of the government, the power revival plans of the administration as enunciated appears well  articulated if followed to the letter.

But Odumakin stated that he has only visited Abuja once since May this year and that his meeting was a day journey.


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