House denies plot to impeach Jonathan

The House of Representatives has denied it had commenced the preliminary stages of impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan following the refusal of the executive arm of government to accede to the request of the House to suspend the removal of fuel subsidy as demanded by organised labour and other Nigerians. There were speculations earlier in the week that the House has been divided since the special session with some lawmakers opposed to the fuel subsidy removal collecting signatures for an impeachment motion against Jonathan. It was gathered that as at yesterday, about 60 lawmakers had appended their signatures to the document while the anti-Jonathan elements in the House were hopeful of getting majority of the members to endorse the plot before Tuesday next week. But the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Victor Ogene, who briefed newsmen on the position of the House on the crisis, said the House was not considering an impeachment of the President but was rather concerned about how to resolve the fuel subsidy crisis as quickly as possible. Ogene said some members of the lower chamber did not like the way the House was sidelined in the decision of the government to remove fuel subsidy.


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