PDP Admits it Can’t Impeach Tambuwal Despite Controlling Majority in the House
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, acknowledged Tuesday it may not be able to impeach the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who is now in the opposition Al Progressives Congress.
Despite commanding majority in the House, it said it may lack a required two-third support to force out the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, who decamped from the party on Tuesday.
Mr. Tambuwal dumped the ruling party for the opposition All Progressives Congress, citing factionalization within the party in his home state, Sokoto.
Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, though insisted that the PDP remained in control of the House in view of its superior numerical membership, he expressed doubt that the PDP caucus could muster the required two-thirds votes required to impeach the speaker.
Ogor said: “What happened today was quite unexpected. But again, that decision was a personal decision and has no major implication on our political party. The PDP members of the House will look at the situation and take a position in respect of the defection. He is gone, fine. And he emphasized that his decision borders on his local politics; that it borders on the interest of his people and his constituency.
I think we need to be mindful of the constitution.”
“According to the constitution, you would need a two-third majority to remove a sitting Speaker. Do we have two-third? That is another matter we need to ponder over.”
“We await the ruling of the court on the matter. And I think this is one great opportunity for us to call on the judiciary. They are also an arm of government. Justice delayed is justice denied. And with this subject matter before them, it behooves on them to make the necessary interpretations so that we can lay this issue to rest in respect of defections. But for us as members of the PDP, we believe that we will continue carrying on the responsibilities of our party.
“Let’s look and see how he manages the House. We will watch him with eagle eyes and interpret every action that he takes.”
On the adjournment, Ogor said: “The adjournment was moved by the Leader of the House. That has nothing to do with his defection. He stated clearly that the essence is to go for the oversight function and for the House to adequately prepare for the presentation of the budget. You are also mindful of the fact that there are primaries before us. It behooves on all of us to do the needful to make sure that those who want to come back can have the opportunity to work towards that.”
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