Sergius Ogun, the lawmaker representing Esan North-East/South-East Federal Constituency of Edo State, has said it will be difficult for the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari due to the tribalism among lawmakers.
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Ogun said this in a television programme on Monday while responding to issues regarding the state of the nation.
There have been calls from various quarters for the National Assembly to impeach President Buhari due to the rising spate of insecurity across the nation.
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Reacting to the clamour, Ogun said the National Assembly will struggle to get enough signatures to impeach the president due to the ethnic inclination of the lawmakers, as well as the cultural and religious implications of such an action.
“I don’t think we are going to get enough signatures to impeach the president anytime soon. We tried that in the eighth assembly and I, personally, signed. But we didn’t have enough signatures,” the lawmaker said on Arise Television’s The Morning Show.
“And I said a colleague of mine said, then, why should he support the impeachment of a Fulani Man or somebody from the north to the advantage of somebody from the south-west. Basically saying he doesn’t like the president but why should he support his impeachment for a Yoruba man to take over. That was the sentiment then and it’s even stronger today. So I don’t think we are going to get any traction there.”
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The lawmaker stated that the possibility of President Buhari resigning is low, noting there will be a counter-campaign even if he eventually concedes to pressure.
“I don’t think the president will resign, this is Nigeria. If there’s enough pressure for him to resign, you’re going to have people who are going to be paid and mobilised to protest for him to stay. And we don’t need that right now with all the insecurity,” he said.