Chinda, a lwamaker representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency in Rivers State at the House of Assembly, had on Sunday, called on Nigerians irrespective of political party, tribe, or religion to compel their representatives to commence impeachment process against the president.
The lawmaker’s call is coming week after the House resolved to summon President Buhari over the rising cases of insecurity in the country.
Reacting in a statement on Monday, the House spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu described Chinda’s call as the “opinion of a single member of the opposition party in the house.”
He said the calls for impeachment were not logical as the President is yet to appear before the House to explain what his administration is doing to address the security issue.
“If this call came post-President’s visit for the failure to dialogue well enough in securing solutions or due to his inability to put our positions to use, it would appear logical.
“Unfortunately, this call is not only illogical, it appears as a tool mischievously thrown up to disrupt the agenda of the coming visit with all it sets out to achieve in the spirit of nation-building which remains the mantra of the 9th Assembly and is considered a joint task.
“In the view of the 9th Assembly, it would remain a call made wrongfully to distract the members whose minds are set on the visit and the expected achievements. It is surprising that Hon Kingsley Chinda was among those who insisted on the invitation of the president, probably expecting a gross disregard from the President, who surprisingly broke the jinx and kindly obliged our request. Isn’t it obvious that apparently shocked by the acceptance of Mr President, he is on a new lonely voyage of personal agenda, strange to the legislative agenda of the house and leadership. Where was his constitutional impeachment voice when his previous presidents of PDP extractions were invited but ignored the House? (We are) wondering why he is just remembering his Constitution now that a president is coming to accept our inputs to the solutions he is seeking?”the statement parly reads.
Kalu, therefore, assured Nigerians that having asked the parliament to invite the President, which they have done, they should be patient to wait for the outcome of the meeting “before been misled by a lone voice on the frolic of his own, whose private opinion in no way represents the position of the House of Representatives.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has called for the resignation of President Buhari, following the gruesome murder of about 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.