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Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

We won’t impeach Tambuwal except…says Rep

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House of Representatives reps logoBy Umar Muhammad Puma

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Caucus at the House of Representatives has said that it will do nothing about the alleged defection bid of the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, until it actually happens.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, deputy minority leader of the House, Rep Leo Ogor (PDP Delta) said, so long as Tambuwal had not informed the caucus that he was about to defect to another political party, it would be wrong to move against him over “a mere speculation about defection.”

“Why should we move against the Speaker or attack his person over speculation? That will be placing the cart before the horse; Mr. Speaker is a full member of the PDP. He has never told the caucus that he wants to leave the PDP. He is a PDP member.

Asked whether the caucus would initiate impeachment proceedings against Tambuwal, should he formally abandon the PDP, Ogor replied, “When we get to that bridge, we will certainly cross it.”

Tambuwal has been linked with a bid to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a possible 2015 presidential candidate, or a plan ‘B’ of running for the office of the Governor of Sokoto state on the ticket of the party. Two weeks ago, amid intense pressure mounted on him to clarify his future political plans, the Speaker had disclosed that he was engaging in a nationwide consultation to determine his next move, stating that he would brief Nigerians on the outcome of the consultation and the decision he had taken.

He did not however say how long the consultation would take. But, as the rumour of the alleged romance with the APC thickened, the PDP House caucus reportedly expressed unhappiness and was said to have begun plotting to replace Tambuwal.

During a meeting, held shortly before lawmakers proceeded on their annual recess in July, the matter was said to have been raised by caucus members, preparatory to the September 16 resumption of the House. The caucus even met with President Goodluck Jonathan earlier and endorsed him for the 2015 poll.

Tambuwal was not at the meeting where the group endorsed Jonathan and he chose to maintain silence over the stance of the caucus on Jonathan. However, Ogor, a PDP member from Delta State, denied that impeachment was a subject at the meeting of the caucus before the members went to meet with the President.

“I was at that meeting and nothing like that was mentioned by anybody.

Impeachment how? Look, you are aware that the issue of defection or change of House leadership is before the courts; so we should not be generating unnecessary controversy”, he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy minority leader of the House, Rep Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila (APC Kano), has said that nothing will ever happen to him (Tambuwal), should he decide to join the APC, saying the APC members of the House and the progressive-minded PDP members are surely behind him.

“Politics is a game of number; to impeach a Speaker requires two-third majority. We, the members of the APC in the House, have more than 170 members out of the 360. So I don’t see anybody getting the required two-third majority to impeach the Speaker.

“Some lawmakers are ignorant of the law, there is nowhere in the Constitution where it says that the Speaker must be impeached simply because he has changed political party, or he must belong to certain political party”, he said.

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