The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as unwise and unnecessary the recent plot by some members of the National Assembly to heighten tension in the country by tabling an impeachment threat on President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The impeachment plot based on President Buahri’s approval for the withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of 12 Super Tucano aircraft ordered from the United States aimed at rescuing the country from its present security crisis is to us an exercise in futility,” the APC said in a statement circulated to journalists by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the Rivers state chairman of the APC.
The statement reads: “President Trump affirming this transaction stated, “We recently sold Nigeria 12 Super Tucano aircraft in the first-ever sale of American military equipment to Nigeria. Nigeria is a valued partner and a good friend.”
The APC media aide said the National Assembly considering what President Trump said should be celebrating Buhari and the new face of democracy in Nigeria rather than the demonstration against the president.
The statement further attacked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State whom, it said, seizes any opportunity to demonstrate his disdain for both President Buhari and the APC led government, o using this historical purchase of war Aircraft to mobilise his attack dogs in the National Assembly through his lackeys in the house.
The statement alleged that Wike is using Kingsley Chinda (House of Representatives, PDP Rivers, Obio/Akpor Constituency) and Mathew Urhoghide (Senate, PDP Edo South) to initiate the impeachment process against President Buhari.
It said the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has no impeachment clause in any of its sections but a plot of distraction to blackmail this administration and disrupt her efforts to expose and deal with those who have looted the nation with impunity.
The party further pleaded with Governor Wike to leave President Muhammadu Buhari alone.
The party relies on Section 143 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution and further in Section 143 (11) as (a) to state that President Buhari has neither committed any grave violation or breach of this Constitution”, or “a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the opinion of the National Assembly to gross misconduct to warrant his impeachment or removal from office if not to play into the hands of those hell-bent of frustrating the corruption fight of this administration.