By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa has refuted insinuations that the nation’s legislative chambers are hatching plans to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari from office.
“The National Assembly as you may know is a twin institution; we have the House of Representatives and the Senate. If there is any
insinuation or speculation about the impeachment of Mr President in any chamber other than the House of Representatives, that I don’t know”.
Doguwa, who was fielding questions from journalists in Bauchi weekend, explained that neither the lower nor the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly has impeachment consideration before it.
“This matter is not even contemplated, not even at any point in time sought of. So, I want to tell you as far as the House is concern, the leadership and members of the House of Representatives have no cause whatsoever genuinely or otherwise to contemplate impeachment of Mr. President”, he told journalists.
According to him, the House has no any impeachment offence at hand with which to even chase President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the rumour as unfounded, adding “This has not come to my notice whether officially or otherwise, it is mere speculations on the streets and it should be left at that level”.
He further told the press that it was the first time in the nation’s
nascent democracy that both the lower and upper chambers of the
National Assembly agreed to harmoniously work together for the best interest of the country and its citizens.
Hon. Doguwa recalled that the 2016 federal budget was
harmoniously passed by both chambers of the National Assembly with a collaboratively wide spectrum of members of the Executive Council or heads of MDAs in the federal service.
“It is also the first time in the political history of Nigeria that members of both chambers of the National Assembly, the
Executives, the Judiciary or heads of federal MDAs see themselves as genuine representatives of the people from where they emanate.
“All of us have agreed and sworn to by the holy Qur’an and Bible that we will work in conformity with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the best interest of Nigerians”, Doguwa remarked.
He disclosed that the 8th House of Representatives has just in less than a year, passed over 160 bills, now waiting for concurrent by the Senate, describing the feat as unprecedented in the political
history of the country.
The Chief Whip, while stating that legislation is the primary
responsibility of the NASS members, revealed that there are also 360 bills in the pipeline at various stages of legislative process.
Representative Doguwa, christened as the oldest in the House
Representation dates back to 1992, said that the House has never had it so good in terms of legislation, law-making, and sensitivity to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians than the 8th chamber.
“All these things are made possible because of the focus, commitment and resilience of our able leadership led by Rt.Hon Yakubu Dogara the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is an unprecedented leadership that we are championing and to which all of us are proudly associated to”, he concluded.
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.