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Senate ‘ll impeach Yar’Adua if…; says Senator Ehinlawo

By Dayo Johnson
THE Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Senator Hosea Ehinlawo has said that the Senate would impeach President Umaru Yar Adua immediately the Federal Executive Council FEC declares him unfit.

Ehinlawo who represents Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly said in Ugbonla area of Ondo state that the Senate had formally “requested FEC to write them on the true state of Yar’Adua’ health.

According to him “the issue of Yar’Adua’s impeachment will be a follow up to the Senate declaration of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President.

Ehinlanwo pointed out that “we have to look into the constitution and the only way through which we can act is with section 145 of the constitution.

“The Senate had been able to act with it by ensuring that power and functions of the president were being gradually transferred to Jonathan by asking him to hold the position of the Acting President because Nigeria must move forward.

“The impeachment will come as a follow up if the people (members of the Federal Executive Council) are able to perform their roles because we have asked them to forward a letter to us.

“The section (144), which will mandate the FEC to pass a vote of no confidence (on ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, will translate to the issue of impeachment that he was not able to perform his functions.

“We want the FEC to testify to the fact that he was sick and he was unable to perform the functions of his office.

“We succeeded in making Jonathan, the Acting President, that aspect had been certified because the impeachment exercise will have to follow its strict rules, that is, the FEC with whom Yar’Adua works with everyday must certify that the sickness or incapability of the President had made him unfit to perform his roles.”

Ehinlanwo, who plans to return to the Senate for the third term denied that he would soon decamp to the Labour party ahead of the 2011 election.

The Senator declared that “I am a foundation member of the PDP, the insinuation that I wanted to leave it for the Labour Party is wicked, coming from our detractors”.

“l will remain in the PDP. I have no intention to dump the party we shall meet at the polls in 2011.

Ehinlanwo said that he remained a candidate to beat in the coming election in the Ondo South Senatorial district.


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