Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of having bastardized the army, the police, the courts, aviation and the electoral commission and has now moved to the next level, which is impeachment.
He made it clear that every impeachment or threat of it on the opposition governors in recent times has the imprint of President Jonathan, saying that the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state was one of it.
Oyegun addressed newsmen yesterday in Abuja along other chieftains of the party, including Chief Audu Ogbeh and former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
The APC chairman said that the impeachment fever is now hovering over Nasarawa, Rivers, Edo and Borno states.
“What was Nyako impeached for? Offences he allegedly committed five years ago. Those offences were not impeachable when he was in the Peoples Democratic Party. But the moment he defected to the APC, they became impeachable.
“The entire process that led to the impeachment of Nyako was fraught with irregularities, bias, judicial contradictions and in violation of every procedural and constitutional provision. It is the worst manifestation of impunity.
“We intend to mount an immediate and rigorous challenge to this gross injustice to the party and people of Adamawa State.”
The APC Chairman also accused President Jonathan of being guilty of impeachable offences.
“In fact, only on the 10th of July 2014, the Senate passed a resolution asking President Goodluck Jonathan to prepare and submit to the National Assembly supplementary budget to cover the expenditure in the sum of N90.693 bn (US$585 bn) for petrol subsidy 2012 and the sum of N685.910 bn (US$4.430 bn) for Kerosene (DPK) subsidy expended without appropriation by the National Assembly in 2012 and 2013.
“Now, who is guiltier of gross misconduct than a President who is frittering away our commonwealth to induce perfidious legislators to impeach their state governors? Who is guiltier of gross misconduct than a President who deploys troops to harass, intimidate and arrest the opposition during an election? Who deserves to be impeached for gross misconduct more than a President who uses national institutions against the opposition and shuts airports arbitrarily?
“He (Jonathan) is subverting hitherto respected national institutions. The army has been so compromised that it can no longer be trusted by anyone to be neutral. The army has been so abused that it now carries out police duties.
“Soldiers were deployed to guard the residence of the Chief Judge of Adamawa while the impeachment proceedings were on. Soldiers were deployed to guard each member of the impeachment panel. Soldiers were also deployed to guard the venue where the panel sat.
“In Ekiti, soldiers were deployed to hunt down the opposition and prevent them from moving around freely, in contravention of the nation’s constitution. In Osun, soldiers are again to be deployed to shut down the state and go after the opposition.”
However, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati responded by reminding said Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of the law of defamation of character in Nigeria which his reference to the President represents.
Abati said that he expected the APC Chairman to be a mature man, adding: “he ought to know that in law, whoever alleges must provide proof. He should not assume that because he is playing politics, that gives him the right to make irresponsible allegations.
“People of his stature occupying such a sensitive position must make only allegations that they can prove. Just speaking politically and accusing the President of something untrue does not protect him in the eyes of the law. What he is saying is absolutely untrue.
“I think that members of the House of Assembly in Adamawa State should feel grossly insulted by the APC chairman, who is more or less making them look like persons who have no mind of their own.
“Our belief is that those lawmakers are not children that can be pushed around by anybody.
“What needs to be stressed is the fact that President Jonathan has no hand in anybody’s impeachment.” [myad]