Newspaper review: National Assembly plots Buhari’s impeachment

Newspaper review: National Assembly plots Buhari’s impeachment

The newspaper review for Wednesday, June 6, leads with the threat of impeachment issued to President Muhammadu Buhari over the treatment of some legislators by the executive arm of the government among other stories.

This Day reports that following the inauguration of the newly elected state chairmen as well as that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, it has emerged that some of the key actors in the nationwide congresses have lost out in their bid to control the party structures in their respective states.

In Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe lost his bid to stop the recognition of Ojukaye Amachree who belonged to the group loyal to the transportation minister Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi as the new state chairman.

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A similar fate befell the minister of communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, whose effort to wrest the party structure in Oyo state from the incumbent governor, Abiola Ajimobi, hit the rocks, as the candidate who emerged from the pro-Ajimobi state congress, Chief Akin Oke, was the one sworn in as new the APC chairman in the state.

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This Day newspaper for Wednesday, June 6. photo credit: snapshot from NAIJ.com.

The Guardian reports the National Assembly yesterday discussed commencing impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.

This followed a joint session of both arms of the legislature, held behind closed doors and presided over by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The development marks a worrying deterioration in relations between the legislative and the executive arms of government.

The lawmakers, who passed a vote of confidence in Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, maintained that if Buhari fails to meet their demands, they would invoke powers conferred on them by the 1999 constitution as amended.

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The Guardian newspaper for Wednesday, June 6. photo credit: snapshot from NAIJ.com.

The Punch reports the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, on Tuesday night, denied any directive from the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun stopping state party chairmen from inaugurating their executive members.

Balogun told newsmen in Ikeja that news reports that Oyegun gave the directive at the inauguration of 33 state party chairmen in Abuja on Monday were misleading.

He said Oyegun never questioned his position as the Chairman of the party in the state and that of chairmen of Rivers and Oyo, adding that the report was a distortion of fact.

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The Punch newspaper for Wednesday, June 6. photo credit: snapshot from NAIJ.com.

Vanguard reports that the police said, yesterday, that 48 hours after the Offa bank robbery that claimed the lives of over 30 persons, including nine policemen, four of the gang leaders accompanied the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, to the palace of the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye, to sympathise with him.

They also said it was necessary for the Senate President to explain why he purchased prohibited arms for the suspects, insisting he had a case to answer. A source at the SARS office in Abuja, told Vanguard, yesterday, that contrary to widely publicized report, which indicated that Saraki was invited because of his role in the robbery attack, the Senate president was only invited to explain why he allegedly purchased illegal and prohibited weapons used to kill innocent and law-abiding people.

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A source at the SARS office in Abuja, told Vanguard, yesterday, that contrary to widely publicized report, which indicated that Saraki was invited because of his role in the robbery attack, the Senate President was only invited to explain why he allegedly purchased illegal and prohibited weapons used to kill innocent and law-abiding people.

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Vanguard newspaper for Wednesday, June 6. photo credit: snapshot from NAIJ.com.

Pressure group Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) yesterday warned against heating up the polity for selfish reasons.

Parliamentry group warns against dragging National Assembly into private matters

Pressure group Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) yesterday warned against heating up the polity for selfish reasons.

The PSG described the stormy joint session as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affair because members of All Progressives Congres (APC) did not partake in the debate to avoid issues degenerating into rowdiness.

The group said rather than heat up the polity for selfish political reasons, any senators or member of the House of Representives who is facing corruption or criminal allegation, should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.

The statement signed on behlf of the group by Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC,Kano), said the resolution of the joint session was predetermined and drawn up by an ally of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The group reiterated its support for President Muhammadu Buhari adding that the resolution was not voted on according to parliamentary norm.

The statement reads: “The Parliamentary Support Group of the Senate and House of Representatives is aware of the joint Executive session of the National Assembly held today and wish to state as follows:

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The Nation newspaper for Wednesday, June 6. photo credit: snapshot from NAIJ.com.

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