The 37 former members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives are set to present an impeachment motion against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The lawmakers, who are allegedly plotting the move with the active support of their governors, who defected with them to All Progressives Congress, APC, are also backing up their plans with a high profile sensitization campaign against alleged misdeeds of the Jonathan administration.
According to Vanguard, the plan to present the impeachment motion is, however, being seriously opposed by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and some PDP loyalists in the House, who have warned the 37 members that the move could further worsen their already precarious position.
There is pressure on the House leadership to declare the lawmakers’ seats vacant following the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which declared their defection illegal.
It was learnt that the impeachment notice, which has been marshalled into 30 points according to sources in the camp of the legislators, is a detailed explanation of alleged misdeeds of the administration including financial misappropriation, unaccountability, extra-budgetary spending, among others.
The legislators are also threatening to drag the president before the International Court of Justice at The Hague for genocide in the North-East and crime against humanity via a petition to be submitted to all embassies and international organisations.
In a move similar to the nationwide consultations embarked upon by members of the now defunct G-7 Governors, the legislators have also included a series of high level consultations with some of the nation’s past leaders such as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Shehu Shagari, Atiku Abubakar and Alex Ekwueme in their plan.
“The 37 of us are going to pay visits to all former presidents and vice presidents concerning the issue and to explain why we are taking this position”, one of the legislators disclosed at the weekend.
The legislators also plan a demonstration at the ECOWAS Parliament where they will present the list of the alleged infractions of the present administration and the impeachment notice.
The demonstration will then move to the United States, British, Canadian and French embassies, as well as all other European Union countries.
The legislator continued: “Since the President does not want peace and he is going for our jugular, it’s a fight to finish this time around and he stands to lose more at the end of the day”.