No Formal Impeachment Plot Against President Jonathan In Senate – Senators

No Formal Impeachment Plot Against President Jonathan In Senate – Senators

By ThisDay on December 2, 2014
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Indications emerged on Monday, December 1, 2014 that contrary to reports that 63 senators have signed up for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan, no formal decision has been taken by any party caucus in the Senate.

A caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators scheduled for 5pm Monday, where the decision on whether to initiate an impeachment move against the president or not would have been taken, was later cancelled.
It was learnt that the meeting was cancelled due to the preparation for primaries by the senators.

One of the senators, who arrived Abuja for the meeting yesterday, told THISDAY that he was not informed before his arrival that the meeting had been cancelled. No new date has been scheduled for the meeting.

While THISDAY spoke with a number of senators from different political parties on the matter, it was learnt that although very few senators had indeed muted the idea, opening and signing of any register on the matter have formally not started.

Even APC senators who were reported to have been at the forefront of the alleged impeachment move have never held any meeting on it. A prominent APC senator told THISDAY on the telephone that even though he had heard of such intention, it is not true that collation of signatures had started.

The senator, who did not want to be named, however, told THISDAY ahead of yesterday’s cancelled meeting that the forum was designed for a decision on any possible impeachment move.

“Honestly, I heard of the plan. A colleague called me and said they wanted to start but it has not started yet. We want to have our caucus meeting on Monday at 5pm where we will discuss it,” he said.

In the same vein, another opposition senator told THISDAY that although he heard of the intention, nobody had personally approached him about it neither was he ready to be part of it. Another opposition senator said he only had “the feeling” that there could be something like that but he had not been around because he had been busy with his campaigns.

Asked if he would be part of it if indeed there is such a plan, he said: “I don’t have anything to do with them.” Asked why he would not be part of such plan as an opposition senator, he said: “I don’t know.”

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