Nigeria MP confirms impeachment bid against president

Impeachment of the president is major news in Nigeria, owing to the cumbersome processes the lawmakers must go through before it sails through

Nigeria MP confirms impeachment bid against president

World Bulletin/News Desk

Opposition leader in Nigeria's House of Representatives MP Femi Gbajabiamila has confirmed the much-rumored impeachment move against President Goodluck Jonathan.

"The authentic impeachment list (against Jonathan) would be published in due course," Gbajabiamila said on his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, tacitly confirming the impeachment bid.

Yet, he urged the public to "disregard a fake impeachment list published by some online publicists for obvious sinister reasons."

Gbajabiamila belongs to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), which has at least 170 members in 360-member parliament. The ruling People's Democratic Party still has a slim majority, although it is hard to say where their loyalty stands on the impeachment saga.

Impeachment of the president is major news in Nigeria, owing to the cumbersome processes the lawmakers must go through before it sails through, The Anadolu Agency correspondent said.

The constitution requires that a motion calling for the president's ouster must be signed by at least one-thirds of the members of both arms of the parliament where the proceeding is originating from.

Other impeachment proceedings, spelt out in Section 143 of the Nigerian constitution, are to follow and then the president is given the chance to defend himself before a panel to be set up by the country's chief justice - himself an appointee of the president.

Even if the panel found the president guilty of whatever offences against him, it requires two-thirds of both arms of the parliament to impeach him.

No Nigerian democratic leader has ever been impeached.

Nigeria's general elections have already been slated for February of next year, but preparations have already begun for the polls.

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