BENIN CITY-THE National Leadership of the Accord Party (AP) has urged the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process against President Goodluck Jonathan, over what it described as the presidency’s perceived role in the political crisis in Rivers State. National Secretary of the Party, Dr Samsom Isibor, in a statement in Benin City yesterday, declared that the seeming intolerance of President Jonathan towards the opposition political parties is a danger to the nation’s democracy.
While pointing out that the refusal of the President to accept the result of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, which Governor Rotimi Amaechi won after he polled 19 votes as against the 16 by Governor Jonah Jang, was an impeachable offence, the party said impeaching the President is the best thing for the nation in order not to distort this democracy.
According to the statement, “President Jonathan is supposed to be the custodian of our constitution and for him to accept 16 as against the popular 19 votes is unconstitutional. A situation where minority of 5 lawmakers out of 37 were backed by the presidency with all the federal might including Police and Military declared that they have impeached the House speaker with majority of 27 members supporting him were driven out and tear-gas by security agencies is condemnable”. The party therefore backed the two resolution adopted by the House of Representative on Wednesday which declared it was taking over the function of the River State House of Assembly and the call for the immediate redeployment of the River State Police Commissioner , Mr Joseph Mbu over his alleged role in the Crisis. “
Accord Party, therefore resolve that the House of Representative should go further and impeached the President for his mis-governance, and disobedience of the rule of law and overheating the polity because of his intolerance of the opposition due to his 2nd term ambition, so that our nation can move forward” it stated.