Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Why Osinbajo May Be Impeached
At the plenary session which held yesterday, 3rd July, 2017, the Nigerian Senate outrightly condemned the comment made by the Osinbajo that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the constitution, which they interpret to undermine their legislative powers.
While the Acting President sent a letter to the National Assembly for the confirmation of Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Chairman of the National Lottery Commission, the Senate refused ‘until the presidency recognizes the legislative powers.
Senator Eyinanya Abaribe (Abia South)also moved a motion for the impeachment of Acting President Osinbajo, since President Mohammadu Buhari is on medical leave and the Acting President is in Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit and the country cannot be with no leader.
Senator Kabiru Marafa also supported the motion citing the constitution that “if the President is not around, the Vice President should act, and if the Vice President is not around, the Senate President who is number 3 citizen shoukd become the acting President.”
But, the motion was ruled out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.