Impeachment Threat: Jonathan Agrees to Fast Track Budget Implementation
In a bid to prevent the House of Representatives from carrying out its threat of impeachment if the 2012 budget is not fully implemented by the time it returns from its annual recess, President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly agreed to fast track the implementation of the 2012 budget as demanded by the House.
The president reportedly bowed to the demands of the lower legislative chamber at a meeting held between him and the Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon Aminu Tambuwal so as to forestall the realization of the threat.
Presidency sources said the meeting which was held at the instance of the Senate President, David Mark has been on for over a week now, but could not yield any fruit until yesterday when the President decided to yield some grounds to the lawmakers because of what the source called his ‘deep concern for the nation’s political stability.’
“Mr. President believes that while he is addressing insecurity in the country, his administration should not give room for political instability… I can tell you that he will address some of the issues tabled by the House. Some of the bills awaiting assent may be signed next week, although he will be taking them one by one on merit. Any of the bills which requires fine-tuning may be returned to the National Assembly after mutual consultations”, the source said
“The President has also taken steps to pacify the Senate which is also aggrieved by non-implementation of some resolutions, especially the Report of its Committee on Privatization. There may be action on reports from the National Assembly on BPE, SEC and Pension scam.”
The lawmakers had been at daggers drawn with the President over what they termed an uninspiring implementation of the 2012 budget and the contempt of the executive for resolutions and bills passed by them.
The friction got to a head last week when they gave the executive up till the end of September to implement the budget 100 per cent, failing which they would launch impeachment proceedings against the President.
The implementation of the budget is now expected to be fast-tracked while the President is also said to have demanded a fresh, comprehensive report from the Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the controversial recall of the D.G. of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms Arunma Oteh.