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Onnoghen: You can’t impeach Buhari – APC senators warn colleagues

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate has vowed to resist any attempt to initiate impeachment proceedings President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Nkanu Onnoghen.

Buhari announced the suspension of Onnoghen and appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as his replacement on Friday.

But the move, which Buhari said was due to an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has sharply divided the country, with many arguing for or against it.

It also led the Senate to announce it would reconvene on Tuesday over the matter.

Ahead of the emergency sitting, the leadership of the Upper Chamber is also scheduled to meet today, where impeachment proceedings against the president is believed to be on the agenda.

However, a former Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ali Ndume, told journalists in Abuja on Sunday that any impeachment moves against the president would be resisted by APC senators.

He said, “As members of the APC in the National Assembly, we will put the nation’s interest above any parochial or sectional consideration in dealing with the issue.

“However, if anybody wants to start another trouble in the Senate over the issue, we are ready. We have the number; we have the strength because we constitute the majority.

“It’s just that the Senate leadership wants to play to the gallery, otherwise, I don’t see the same leadership that accused the judiciary of meddling in its affairs now moving against the President for fighting corruption in that arm of government.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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