Cracks may have begun to appear in the House of Representatives, as it declared yesterday that there is no motion before it to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan over dismal implementation of the 2012 budget.
House Deputy Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Ogene, told LEADERSHIP that no motion regarding the impeachment threat was presently before the Lower House.
Also, the lawmaker denied reports of an extension of the September 18 resumption date from scheduled two-month long annual recess.
“I can tell right away that in the House of Representatives, we are eager to get back to work. We are not even contemplating extending even by an hour.” He said.
Ogene (Anambra/APGA) insisted that what was being bandied as an impeachment threat was not a resolution of the Lower House but a personal contribution of a lawmaker on July 19 plenary.
“As we speak, there is no motion regarding impeachment before the House of Representatives. What happened remained the issue of how far the 2012 budget has been implemented in terms of releases, award of contracts etc.” Ogene stated.
He added, “there was never an impeachment threat. What we had was a directive to the executive that we are not happy with the slow pace of implementation of the 2012 budget and that all efforts should be put in gear to ensure that we have 100% implementation by September.”
It will be recalled that before federal lawmakers proceeded on the annual recess in July, the Lower House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos/ACN), who came under privilege, led lawmakers in threats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan if the 2012 Budget is not implemented 100 per cent by September.
Already, the Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has instructed the 89 House Standing Committees, to conduct a thorough appraisal of the status of the implementation of the 2012 budget.