Senate will start Jonathan’s impeachment process in two weeks – Jajere

Nigeria's Senate Chamber, otherwise known as the Red Chamber

Not less than 63 Senators have signed an impeachment notice prepared against President Goodluck Jonathan, Alkali Jajere, a senator from Yobe state has said.

Mr. Jajere, a member of All Progressives Congress, APC, told journalists Tuesday that the move to remove the president is gathering support in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Senator said he was the fourth to sign the notice, and dismissed concerns over the action saying impeachment is not a crime.

“Definitely I have signed because there are impeachable offences against the president, complete breach of the constitution,” Mr. Jajere said after Senate sitting Tuesday.

“In 2011, this senate approved 140b as subsidy fund but the same government went to spend 1.7 trillion and that is a clear breach of the constitution, clear breach of the Appropriation Act which is the number one Act,” he said.

“And the business of any government is to protect the lives and properties of its citizens and this government has shown it is incurably deficient in handling security situations in this country, and whoever is heading this government should honourably resign without being impeached.”

Mr. Jonathan has come under intense criticism after police enforced a blockade of the National Assembly in November in an attempt to deny the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, access to the building.

The government says Mr. Tambuwal cannot remain speaker after defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

But the police siege has somehow galvanised opposition against the president, with some lawmakers in the Senate and the House threatening to remove him from office.

An impeachment will require two-third votes from both chambers.

Mr. Jajere, who is seen as the leader of the move, said lawmakers are prepared to follow the required steps to oust the president.

“There are issues that have triggered the National Assembly to do what it should do and no matter what the time it is a three-legged issue,” he said. “The National Assembly will have to initiate the process and then submit that process to the Judiciary. The Judiciary forms a committee by the CJN (Chief Justice of the Federation), then revert their findings back to the National Assembly and the National Assembly sits down and concludes the process.”

He said as of Tuesday, the required signatures to initiate the process were obtained.

“As of last week, 63 of us had signed up for the impeachment; my signature was the fourth but I can confirm to you that we have 63 signatures but after the session today two people had called and told me that they want to sign,” he said.

“Before the end of today I can assure you that the list will swell up to 70. It is on the impeachment day that we need two-thirds of the members to carry out the exercise but we need only one-third, which we already have, to initiate the process. It is just a matter of one day sitting. We will just push it before the two chambers.”

The Senate has adjourned for two weeks. But the matter will be tabled once lawmakers resume, Mr. Jajere said.


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  • PROF

    What is so annoying is that the fence scaling senators will blow so much hot air and not do anything .If you want to impeach go ahead ,do you impeach on the pages of newspapers? Animals Go ahead and do it and stop making noise…

    • GEJmustgo!

      I don’t think its a joke this time around, because some senators are already threatened by their constituents that if they fail to sign the impeachment paper they should remain in Abuja for we can’t guarantee their safety and security at home! Nigerians have spoken with 1word, Jonathan must go!

      • Jan

        Yes oooo GEJ must go

  • Ashibogu

    Abeg make una temper Justice with mercy. Una wan kill our President? Make una allow chop the thing till at least May 2015. Let it be that he was voted out and not impeached. Impeachment is a good constitutional provision but will not augur well if our dear leader is impeached at this time. Rather, I will prefer he is impeached at the polls in February next year. Folks, what do u think?

  • dykoko

    Action is needed not too much of words.

  • Spoken word

    impeachment must go ahead. Ekiti style.

  • Chris1408

    I think five senators and 5 legislators can impeach the president. Let him taste the impunity he’s perpetrated in some states where the minority members impeach speakers and governors. Na PDP style.

  • @Amuwospeaks

    GEJ is due for impeachment even before now. A failed and incompetent leader

  • Shehu Garba

    No sensible sane person will take these Scammers serious. The same way we heard some days back of some phantoms who had signed the so called impeachment notice. Only for a house of rep PDP member from Borno state Hon. Peter to come on national TV and deny in very strong terms that he did not sign anything..only for those rascals to include his name in a document he had never set eyes on!
    Lying in their old age??

  • @Noj

    GEJ has disappointed Nigerians and the youths especially. He has demonstrated his in capability to rule the nation, He has dragged us steps backward. Nigerians should prepare to take the bull by its horn come 2015.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Stop talking; go ahead and impeach him!

  • Wähala

    Thieves. Dumbo was due for impeachment since 2011 but you’re now raising dust because he teargased you pfools and brought tears to the House of Assemblies like in every other Nigerian household since almost 6yrs. Throughout his evil, divide-n-rule presidency, how many times has he met the budget implementation requirement of the Constitution? He also awarded billions in oil pipeline protection contracts out of the Appropriation Act, the $10.8bn Dr. NOI and Sanusi finally agreed is missing from our federation account nko… how far with the forensic exam of NNPC by PricewaterHouse? Dumbo’s most egregious and impeachable offence remains his failure to live up to his Oat of Office in which he promised to protect lives and property of all Nigerians. All this while, these greedy clowns were rubber-stamping Executive Bills and plundering our commonwealth in jumbo-pay, but now that their NASS auto-return tickets are endangered, they’re hiding behind impeachment to spit into the air. Nigerians don’t need the Legislature to impeach Dumbo and take undue credit… Nigerians want to unanimously impeach the Clown Pricnce of Otuoke at the polls and say, ‘good riddance to rubbish’.

  • MushinSpeaks

    While this is long overdue; it is best we wait till Feb 2014 and we all give him A NO vote, by electing change into power!

  • tundemash

    Who in his right senses reveal his plans to his enemy? Dumbo will pack his police at the Senate gates for sure .

    Na una wahala anyway . I f you guys don’t do it now, Nigerians will do it via voting in 2015.

  • Ekwekwe

    Hello Senators, can we starting printing our own international passports right now ahead of your impeachment plan? Just in case you succeed in your mission. Can’t wait for the end of the fake nation, Nigeria.

  • Otile

    Utangirma Allah. The long awaited disintegration is around the corner. Go ahead and remove him, replace him with a Fulani. Alhamdullilahi, the provocation we have been waiting for! Verily, verily US has this scenario in mind when they rightly said that 9ja will breakup in 2015. Allah dey.

  • Grace

    Isoright, we are waiting, lets see how una go succeed.