Rep: Tribalism among lawmakers will make impeaching Buhari difficult

 

Sergius Ogun, lawmaker representing Esan north-east/south-east federal constituency of Edo state, says the national assembly will not garner enough signatures to effect the impeachment of the president.
Owing to the security challenges, some Nigerians have called on the national assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

The latest coming from Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), who said the president’s failure to protect the citizens of the country is an impeachable offence.
“In the last six months, two years, what has the president done differently to secure the country? Absolutely nothing has been done and yet you see increasing failure of the state to protect citizens,” he had said

Reacting to the call for the president’s impeachment, Ogun, while speaking with Arise TV on Monday, said tribalism will hinder the process at the national assembly.

“I don’t think we are going to get enough signatures to impeach the president anytime soon. We tried that in the eighth assembly and I, personally, signed. But we didn’t have enough signatures,” the lawmaker said.

“And I said a colleague of mine said, then, why should he support the impeachment of a Fulani Man or somebody from the north to the advantage of somebody from the south-west. Basically saying he doesn’t like the president but why should he support his impeachment for a Yoruba man to take over. That was the sentiment then and it’s even stronger today. So I don’t think we are going to get any traction there.”

Ogun also said the president resigning is not realistic, adding that there will be a counter-campaign even if he eventually concedes to pressure.

“I don’t think the president will resign, this is Nigeria. If there’s enough pressure for him to resign, you’re going to have people who are going to be paid and mobilised to protest for him to stay. And we don’t need that right now with all the insecurity,” he said.

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