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“The House and the President are on the same page” – GEJ responds to impeachment threat

by Adeniyi Abdul

Earlier week an interesting bit of news made the rounds about the House of Reps threatening to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan over his failure to properly implement the approved 2012 budget.

Mr. Sam-Tsokwa (PDP/Taraba) had raised the motion, saying “The president, by failing to implement the budget as passed by this honourable House, violates the 1999 Constitution and is therefore liable to be impeached under section 143 of the 1999 constitution.”

“Therefore, I want to hereby submit,” he continued, “that come September, we will begin to invoke and draw up articles of impeachment of Mr. President.”

However it seems it’s all just a big misunderstanding, if we’re to believe the words of Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

“The House and the President are on the same page on budget implementation.” he said. “Just as the House is concerned, Mr. President is concerned too. What happened today (yesterday) in the House was ironic and a big coincidence because two ministries: interior and police affairs, were in the Villa to make presentations on their key performance index.”

“Each ministry came with all the parastatals under it and presented their KPI in relation to Budget 2012.” he continued. “They were required to state their mandates, the money they collected under Budget 2012, their level of performance and their challenges if any and then define their next steps. After each presentation, there was robust discussion.”

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