Bill to empower NASS to impeach state governors dies on arrival

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Bill to empower NASS to impeach state governors dies on arrival

 

A Bill for an Act to empower the National Assembly to impeach state governors and their deputies has been shot down by the House of Representatives.

The bill, which sought to amend the constitution of the country to empower the National Assembly to remove State Governors and their deputies, was sponsored by Honourable Edward Pwajok (Plateau- PDP).

Honourable Femi, Leader of the House,   (Lagos- APC), noted that Nigeria practised the federal system of government and not unitary system adding that the bill did not make any legislative or moral sense hence, passing it would undermine the spirit of true federalism in the country.

Also contributing to the debate before it was thrown out, Honourable Nicholas Ossia (Delta-PDP) observed that the success of the bill would lead to the collapse of federalism in Nigeria.

He added that even in times when a state of emergency was declared in a state, the democratic structures were retained.

According to Ossai, the bill contradicts the Constitution which remained the barometer through which other laws operated.

Honourable Ali Isa (Gombe-PDP) said the Constitution had already empowered the House of Representatives to take over a state House of Assembly in times of crisis.

He said that in such circumstance, the house would also take over the duties of the house of assembly, which included impeaching the state governor, adding that there was no need for the bill.

In his own contribution, Ayo Hulayat (Osun-APC) said that the National Assembly already had powers to remove the president of the country and the vice president.

She said that empowering the National Assembly to remove governors and by extension, local government chairmen, would make the legislators “omnipotent.”

After the debate, sponsor of the bill, Rep. Edward Pwajok, withdrew the bill.

 

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