By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”FORMER Governor of Edo State and a member of the Board of Trustees of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against President Musa Yarâ€™Adua, saying that the way and manner he was smuggled back into the country in the early hours of Wednesday, has diminished Nigerians before the global community.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke with Vanguard while reacting to the Presidentâ€™s return to the country,Â â€œI find it really incredible because some people are just playing games. Firstly, with the fate of the President himself, an obviously sick man, but even worst, with the fate of this country, Nigeria because what they have done now is to re-introduce instability into the body polity of this nation.â€
â€œI think we have reached the stage of impeachable offence. This leadership issue must be resolved and settled one way or the other. The time for foot dragging is over. The time for considering peopleâ€™s ‘mis-seemingly’ of a sick person is over. The time of even thinking of what will the Northerners think or any group think is over.â€
â€œLet us find out for once if this country is here to remain as one. Let them do what is necessary at this stage, that is, satisfying clearly that a President who arrives in air ambulance and was conveyed from the airport in another ambulance and God knows the condition in which he is now in Abuja,â€ he added.
â€œIf a President who arrives in his country in that condition, then it is certainly clear that he is unfit to continue to manage the affairs of a nation like Nigeria. Let them do something now and I hope that the prediction by the United States of America that Nigeria would cease to be one country in 2015 does not come trueâ€.
He called on the National Assembly, the Governorsâ€™ Forum and even the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rise up to the challenge that the current crisis posed to the stability of the nation, urging them to put aside sentiments, personal gains and even the interest of the President himself.
â€œIt is a very sad situation. How this will unfold, how this will work out, we donâ€™t know; but clearly, there is now instability in the body polity because we really donâ€™t know who the President is. It is obvious from the way the Acting President had to cancel the normal scheduled sitting of the Federal Executive Council that the Acting President was not aware that the President was coming backâ€.
â€œOtherwise, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would not have sent that powerful team to Saudi Arabia but only to be told that the President has left. You can imagine how embarrassing and ridiculous that situation wasâ€.
â€œThe totality of this is really almost it is beginning to get to treasonable level. I think this nation is actively being sabotage and I hope that people would have the courage to do what is necessary in a situation like this â€œ, he added.