OrderPaperToday – Reasons have been advanced why the expected impeachment of President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, failed.
Speculations had been rife that the National Assembly would be turned into a battle field on resumption from its annual recess but that did not happen to the disappointment of the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had consistently claimed that party members had been mandated to effect a change of leadership.
Media reports on Wednesday indicated that both APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers had reached a truce opting for peace.
Speaking to OrderPaperNG on the issue, a Mr. Simon Arabo, member of the House representing Kauru federal constituency of Kaduna State, said both the APC and PDP in the Senate and House of Representatives do not have the two-thirds majority to impeach the presiding officers.
Hear him: “I could not understand the basis for the crisis. Firstly, it is only a matter of convention that the majority party in the parliament produce the presiding officer. However, it is not new that a member of the minority party becomes a presiding officer. You remember Edwin Umezeoke then was elected the Speaker under NPP which was minority against the NPN which had majority, so this is not new.
“The rules of the House in particular states that members of the parliament should elect one of them as their leader. Anyway, in every event it is easier to elect a presiding officer than to impeach them. I also know as a matter of fact that in both chambers none of the parties has the number to impeach and even the ruling party do not have two-thirds majority to carry out its threat. So some of us were already wondering how there were going to effect the change of leadership”.
He continued: “There are many national issues that needs to be attended to, for example; the President has communicated to us that he has rejected many bill, those are very serious issues not to talk about change of leadership.”