The party invited its 24 members in the 27-seat Assembly to a meeting that lasted for more than three hours at the state secretariat on the Eastern Bypass in Minna with the aim of resolving the leadership crisis rocking the House. A source at the meeting which began at about 9am appealed to the lawmakers to sheathe their sword, urging them not to initiate impeachment of the leadership of the House.
The Nation gathered that the leakage of the impeachment move may have informed the refusal of the leadership of the House to convene sitting since April 17 for fear that they may be impeached. The development, we learnt, further made the party leadership to wade into the crisis by summoning the Monday meeting where the lawmakers were told of the implication of their move to sack the House leadership.
The proponents of the impeachment move, however, argued that the continued adjournment of sitting by the House leadership for alleged fear of impeachment might further throw the House into another constitutional crisis, as they alleged that the House might not meet the required number of sittings as contained in the 1999 constitution for a legislative year.
Some concerned members of the House across party lines have also expressed fear that it would not meet the required 181 sittings for a legislative year as contained in section 104 of the constitution. A member who spoke with our correspondent in Minna after the meeting on condition of anonymity confirmed the party had to intervene by summoning its members with a view to reducing tension that has gripped the PDP dominated Assembly.
“We have never had it so bad. Our last sitting was on April 17 and there has not been sitting since then because the leadership of the House felt there was a plan to impeach them. The way things are going, we may not meet the required number of sittings by the law and this is as a result of laxity on the part of the House leadership. We feel we cannot and should not tolerate this,” the lawmaker said.
The source said the meeting had to be adjourned when no consensus was reached after three hours of heated arguments. Efforts to get the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Hassan Saba, to comment on the issue were fruitless as he could not be reached on his phone.