Reps insist Jonathan fires SEC boss, Arunma Oteh

SEC DG, Aruma Oteh,
SEC DG, Aruma Oteh,

The resolution is seen as a subtle threat to the Nigerian president over budget review request.

The House of Representatives on Thursday repeated its call to President Goodluck Jonathan to fire the Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh, in what appears a subtle condition for approving budget amendment proposals sent in by Mr. Jonathan this week.

The president had on Tuesday urged the Senate and the House to revise the 2013 budget, expunge clauses that encroach on his fiscal authority, and provide budgetary funding for SEC, which was denied by the lawmakers seeking Ms. Oteh’s sack.

But the House reminded the president, in a new motion, of its earlier decision seeking Ms. Oteh’s removal from office. The House, however, declined to state whether that was a condition for approving budget amendments proposed by the president.

Spokespersons of the House, Zakari Mohammed and Victor Ogene, could not be reached for comments. But Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, conceded that the motion was provoked by the president’s letter to the House on Tuesday.

The SEC chief has been embroiled in a longstanding controversy with the House after she accused the House capital market of soliciting bribes from the commission.

In ensuing investigations early 2012, the House curiously indicted Ms. Oteh and demanded she be removed from office. The Senate later backed the decision, both citing Ms. Oteh’s lack of prerequisite years of experience for the job ahead of her appointment.

Despite repeated resolutions echoing that decision, Mr. Jonathan has rebuffed the lawmakers and retained Ms. Oteh in office.

The zero budget for SEC was to force the president’s hand to heed the lawmakers call.

But in a request for amendments to the 2013 budget, Mr. Jonathan brushed aside the concerns, and asked that the commission’s budget be restored. The president also rejected clauses inserted by the two chambers to check his powers for the release of budget funds.

He said withholding SEC funds wills stifle the market.

“Considering the fact that the budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission does not form part of the core 2013 Federal Budget as presented to the National Assembly, I believe that this clause ought not to have been inserted in the 2013 Appropriation Act in the first place,” the president said.

“Secondly, the import of the clause is tantamount to shutting down the business of the Commission with a potential negative impact on the capital market.”

The new motion, moved by Deputy Minority Whip, Garba Dati, mandated the House Committee on Legislative Compliance to monitor the president’s compliance and report back within 21 days.

Mr. Dati said the president’s refusal to act on the SEC case was a continuation of blatant disregard for resolutions by the House.

“Recently, the Executive has adopted the dangerous and vexatious approach of picking and choosing the implementation of resolutions of the Senate on the dismissal of Abdulrasheed Maina, which was passed much later in time, while still disregarding the long pending motion on the removal of the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission,” Mr. Datti said.

  • segun

    Madam Oteh, do not worry. Don’t be scared. The Power of President Jonathan is behind you. Get the sack and later get the pardon from our beloved President Jonathan. The sack and the pardon are no contradictions under the presidency of our beloved President Jonathan-ask mpitkwelu_na_afam_deri_Yussuff. They have the ears of our beloved President. No shaking, Madam our President Jonathan is with thy!

  • igbiki

    I am sorry honourables, Ms Oteh is unsackable no matter how hard you people tried.

    Ask Herman Hembe anyone!

    • Mohammed

      Igbiki, did you want to say that even if sackable that she IS PARDONABLE? Our “just” President Jonathan will always be “just” to :HIS OWN” Just deepeining your humor!

      • igbiki

        For now she is unsackable but things might change. There are no saints in Nigeria but never forget what she did to Mr Hembe.

        The meretricious honourables still want to have their pound of flesh

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    The constitution allows for only one executive president. If Tambuwal wants to decide who gets fired or not. He should pick up a PDP nomination form and run for president. The President can never be stampeded.

    • Banji

      Yes the PRESIDENT MUST NEVER BE STAMPEDED. NEVER!!! But if by chance OUR loving “stainless” Ms Oteh is sacked, A SWEET PRESIDENTIAL PARDON IS WAITING!!! sebi you know now mpitkwelu-SO NO SHAKING FOR TODAY’S PRESIDENT MEN. WE NOW HAVE THE POWER OF PARDON!!!! LET RAIN OF CORRUPTION REIGN!!! WE NOW HAVE A PARDON!!!

    • Enemona

      Mpiti, I can see you’re back and active. How did the ‘good governance’ tour go? Did they give you your share? C’mon, don’t be shy!

  • akpos1

    Reps are JOKING! …They have forgotten, just like Boko Haram, that Great Jona is an Ijaw man from the noble SS&SE Republic & not a descendant of the Oba of Illorin of Oduduwa Republic.

    • Aboaba Daisi

      No no no akpos1_na_conernigerian_na_mpitikwelu_ Jonathan apologists_ It is the GREAT “Republic of SS and SE Plus Northern MInority” I thought we just added that today. Why must we forget OUR NEW REPUBLIC!!! Or are you excising a part of you again even before the start of the Great New Republic?

    • sanusi

      akpos1 You sound a bit desperate here. I guess President Jonathan is a President of all Nigerians. or is he not anymore? This may be why he is throwing all caution to the winds through you his paid megaphones. I am just wondering why President Jonathan has become this reckless boy. Just wondering.

      • segun

        sanusi, You did not catch that. They are desperate because they know President Jonathan has lost it this time around. So they do not care anymore. They have to throw caution to the wind as you said. As for whether President Jonathan sees himself as president of all Nigerians, his paid apologists have to answer that, and President Jonathan has to answer that by himself. But for some of us the ETHICAL ISSUE is non-negotiable for a modern and civilised Nigeria in the 21sts century. Let Jonathan and his people play the ethnic politics, Nigerians should insist on the ETHICAL AND MORAL ISSUES.

  • Afam

    Ndi okereke onyiuke that plugged SEC into problems was never asked to leave office because her foot soldiers at the NASS were there protecting her..Oteh has done nothing wrong for refusing to pay 40 million to Hembe and his crooks…

    • David

      You are right. But I think what people are saying is that Ms. Oteh DOES NOT HAVE A PROBLEM UNDER THE GENEROUS PROGRAM OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN FOR CRIMINALS AND CORRUPT PEOPLE. So? Ms. Oteh should not shake. Even if she is sacked today, she will be pardon tomorrow by our corruption loving President Jonathan and she will get her job back just like the chief criminal Alamieyeseigha’s case. That is what people are saying. So no shakng Ms. Oteh, enjoy the loot and remember to pass some to Jonathan and his apologists.

      • Afam

        enough of that pardon issue,must we continue to beat the already dead dog?..Oteh was never found guilty of any fiscal issues by an international audit firm..Reps should know that any resolution by them is just an advisory and will never be bounded by the executive.

        • David

          The point is that if the Reps sacked Madam Oteh, the criminal loving President Jonathan can call another council of state and Madam Oteh will be pardoned by President Jonathan. All Madam Oteh needs do is to contact the other Madams the Aso Rock way under President Jonathan and pronto she will get her pardon. We have a precedent. That is all I am saying. Or arent you a friend and lover of facts anymore?

          • Afam

            dont’t president criminal your not court of law,moreover your just laying your anger on what your hearing at pages of newspapers..

          • David

            President Jonathan has previously shown his love and affection for a criminal like Alamieyeseigha, hasnt he? We Nigerians said NO to an immoral pardon for the criminal. Our criminal loving president-Jonathan-said Yes. The facts are there. Ad he did and he said he does not have ANY APOLOGY. So what do you want me to say? Why do you want to dispute basic fact? if president Jonathan did not say yes to a convict a common thief, why did he go against the moral position of Nigerian citizens on this issue? And giving President Jonathan’s love for criminals and his desire to grant them pardon, I extend that TO ALL CRIMINALS and CORRUPT PEOPLE OF ALL HUES AND COLORS, GENDER AND HEIGHT!!!. So I conclude that Madam Oteh needs not fear the law makers. If they sack her, she goes to President Jonathan’s waiting AND LOVING PARDON HANDS and our loving President will and shall generously PARDON Madam Oteh. So these are basic events which are consistent with President Jonathan’s immorality. Please dispute this with reason and not your emotional and ethnic loyalty.

          • Osogagba

            @David. Why are you bypassing the issue by hurling insults on the president? If Ms Oteh is a corrupt official and criminal as you maliciously accuse her of, then tell us the court of law or the govt panel that found her guilty and on what date so we can take it from there. It is simply dishonest of anyone who can’t prove her guilt to continuously and maliciously call her corrupt. It smacks of a vendetta, like that which the House is presently pursuing against her.

          • David

            The issue is corruption and the pardoning of a criminal by our President who loves pardoning criminals and corrupt people. So if Madam Oteh is sacked for any offense which includes corruption, our dear president who does NOT HAVE ANY APOLOGY to Nigerians for pardoning a criminal will gladly PARDON Madam Oteh who our loving and beloved President supports LOVINGLY. I guess the issue is corruption and pardoning of corrupt people by a President who does not GIVE A DAMN, who reads ETHNICITY to a basic moral issue.

          • David

            Which president? The one that DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN OR THE ONE THAT DOES NOT HAVE APOLOGY TO NIGERIAN CITIZENS OR THE ONE THAT ASKS IF PEOPLE REJECT HIS PARDONING A CRIMINAL BECAUSE HE AND THE CRIMINAL ARE FROM THE SAME STATE? You better be serious. If a WHOLE PRESIDENT UTTERS THOSE KINDS OF STATEMENTS TO THE CITIZENS IN 21ST CENTURY, WE NEED TO CHECK WHERE SUCH CHARACTER IS COMING FROM. SO WHICH PRESIDENT? IT IS ONLY IN NIGERIA THAT THIS KIND OF NONSENSE WILL HAPPEN. I PAY A PRESIDENT AND HE TELLS ME HE DOES NOT HAVE APOLOGY TO ME WHAT HE HAS DONE? YOU MUST BE KIDDING TO ASK SUCH QUESTION.

  • Enemona

    Are these reps alright upstairs? Why are they comparing Oteh to Maina? That’s like comparing gold to tissue paper, one has worth while the other should be flushed down the drain. Reps, put down your guard and let this woman work, we all know why you want her out, she refused to play your shameless game!