Reps reject bill to empower N’Assembly to impeach governors

by Azeez Adeniyi

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill seeking to empower the National Assembly to impeach governors and deputy governors.

Edward Pwajok who sponsored the bill said it would enable the National Assembly remove the governor and his deputy in appropriate circumstance.

Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila said Nigeria practiced a Federal system of government.

He added that the bill will undermine the spirit of federalism which Nigeria is built upon.

Another lawmaker, Nicholas Ossai said the bill will lead to the collapse of federalism in Nigeria.

He added that the bill negates provisions in the constitution.

However, Rep. Ali Isa (Gombe-PDP) said the Constitution had already empowered the House of Representatives to take over a state House of Assembly in times of crisis.

He said that in such circumstance, the house would also take over the duties of the house of assembly, which included impeaching the state governor, adding that there was no need for the bill.

Pwojak later withdrew the bill after the debate.

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