… vow to commence President’s impeachment proceedings September 20
. We’ve already passed vote of no confidence in Buhari – Senator Fadahunsi
Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, says his colleagues in the National Assembly have made up their minds to impeach Senate President Ahmad Lawan if he tries to frustrate their impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari next month.
Fadahunsi, who represents Osun East Senatorial District in the Senate on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, stated this while reacting to the reaction of the Presidency.
He said the lawmakers had resolved to go ahead with the impeachment proceedings against President Buhari.
Fadahunsi stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, barely a week after the lawmakers issued the ultimatum to the President.
According to him, majority of the Senators across political party lines have already passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari over the failure of his administration’s to combat the worsening security situation in the country.
He said it’s doubtful that Buhari would tackle the embarrassing security challenges currently facing the country in six weeks when he couldn’t do so in the past seven years.
Senator Fadahunsi vowed that Buhari’s impeachment proceedings would kick off immediately the lawmakers resume their current six-week annual vacation on September 20.
According to him, “We have been talking and giving suggestions on how we could end the insecurity challenges facing the country but the head (Senate President) is hooked to the Villa. He has been frustrating all moves by us to take drastic measures against the president.
“We have now made up our minds to strike now that the iron is still hot instead of wasting our time, cooperating with the Ahmad Lawan leadership while the nation is being destroyed by terrorists with no plan by the government to stop them. We won’t wait until we are all killed.
“We have now decided to pull out of the ‘rubber stamp’ arrangement so that the whole Nigerians would know that we have not been in support of the failing economy, the huge debts accumulation, falling naira, insecurity across the country and the unprecedented forms of corruption going on in the polity.
“Unfortunately, the man heading us now (Lawan) was leading the opposition lawmakers before and was challenging the rots in the system then. Now, he doesn’t want anyone to challenge Buhari’s government when things are falling apart everyday.
“Any leader that opposes such challenge in a democratic setting must also be challenged because we are elected by the people.
“Go and interview most of the senators. There is no effective oversight of the ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Buhari will bring the budget and his people here will want us to pass it as he brings it. No examinations and heads of MDAs are doing what they like.
“Those who voted for Buhari in 2015 thought he could contain the insecurity being a former military general but unfortunately things are getting worse under his watch and he appeared helpless.
“That is why we resolved that if we come back on September 20 and discovered that the situation is still the same, with no appreciable steps taken, we would impeach him.
“We will first impeach anyone who says we will not impeach Buhari. If anybody tries to block us here, whether the Senate President or anyone in the Senate, we will remove the person.
“Mr. President is finding it difficult to sack his non-performing security chiefs while those terrorising the nation are not being arrested. There is tension everywhere and something drastic has to be taken.”
Recall that last Wednesday, the PDP Senators had walked out of the Senate chambers during plenary after the Senate President Lawan blocked moves to commence impeachment moves against Buhari over the security situation in the country.
In their reactions to the development, presidential media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, had condemned the action of the opposition senators.