The lawmaker representing Esan north-east/south-east federal constituency of Edo state in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Sergius Ogun has revealed why lawmakers may find it difficult to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the legislators are divided along tribal and ethnic lines and may not get enough votes/signatures needed to impeach the President.
Making his view known on Monday when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV, Ogun submitted that even the eighth assembly tried to initiate the impeachment process but failed.
He added that in the current national assembly, some people truly don’t like Buhari as President but would prefer he remains in power because impeaching him would mean removing a Fulani man from power to pave way for a southern person to take over as President.
“I don’t think we are going to get enough signatures to impeach the president anytime soon. We tried that in the eighth assembly and I, personally, signed. But we didn’t have enough signatures,” the lawmaker said.
“And I said a colleague of mine said, then, why should he support the impeachment of a Fulani Man or somebody from the north to the advantage of somebody from the south-west. Basically saying he doesn’t like the president but why should he support his impeachment for a Yoruba man to take over. That was the sentiment then and it’s even stronger today. So I don’t think we are going to get any traction there.”
On the probability of President Buhari resigning from office, Ogun stated that the probability of such is very low as there will be pressure from different angles for him to hold on to power at all costs.
“I don’t think the president will resign, this is Nigeria. If there’s enough pressure for him to resign, you’re going to have people who are going to be paid and mobilised to protest for him to stay. And we don’t need that right now with all the insecurity,” he said.
It was previously reported that the lawmaker representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Fatai Buhari has submitted that the National Assembly has not seen any reason to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari yet.
This is as he also called on those calling for Buhari’s impeachment to give valid reasons for their agitations.
According to the Senator, impeaching a president takes a definite process, and if not properly handled, can cause further problems in the country.