As the House of Representatives resumes from a two-week Easter break tomorrow, the chamber may be a theatre of another crisis as the 37 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC ) have vowed to initiate impeachment moves against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The lawmakers said that they will table a 30-point impeachment motion against the President next week, declaring that they are ready for a “ total war” on the President.
One of the 37 lawmakers, who doesn’t want to be named, revealed that they have gathered all the impeachable sins of the President. But he said the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, does not support their plan.
The lawmaker, who is from the North, said: “We are going to the floor of the House to convince our colleagues that it is time we impeach President Jonathan. We have chronicled his offences, we are ready to fight since the President has declared war on us”.
He listed the President’s alleged sins to include financial recklessness, missing funds, genocide in the North- East, breach of parliamentary resolutions and extra- budgetary spendings.
The lawmaker also said that his colleagues have resolved to drag the President before the International Court of Justice at The Hague for alleged genocide in the North-East and crime against humanity via a petition.
As a way of mobilising support for their plans , he said they will visit past presidents, former heads of state and vice presidents, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Shehu Shagari, Atiku Abubakar and Alex Ekwueme.
He said: “ The 37 of us are going to pay visits to all former presidents and vice presidents concerning the issue and to explain why we are taking that position”.
The battle plan also include a demonstration at the ECOWAS Parliament where the lawmakers will present the list of the alleged crimes of the President and the impeachment notice.
The protest would move to the United States, the British, Canadian and French embassies, as well as all other European Union (EU) countries, the source said.
Justifying their decision to tackle President Jonathan, the lawmaker said that since the President does not want peace “and he is going for our jugular, it’s a fight to finish.”
He noted that the strategy of the Presidency is clear: “they are trying to destabilize the House by influencing the courts to declare our seats vacant, but this will not work. We are going to meet him head-on. And since he does not want peace, he will not get peace.
“PDP, as a party, has been the greatest beneficiary of defection and the heavens did not fall, now because they are losing, they want to declare seats vacant through illegal means. Is it unconstitutional to move to another party? He doesn’t want peace and we will ensure he doesn’t get it.”
The legislator stressed that all the governors of the 37 lawmakers have been briefed on their move and they have approved it. “Our governors are aware and we have their blessings. “We know the PDP members in the House will fight the move, but we are ready for them.
“We will also call for the removal and prosecution of the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu for alleged corruption by the anti-graft agencies, while he was Bauchi State governor.
When contacted, the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Mallam Imam Imam, said he is not aware of any plan to impeach the President. He said his boss is focused on what will make Nigeria great.