Wednesday, 5 March 2014
PDP Plotting To Impeach House Speaker Tambuwal Over Fuel Subsidy Report, As Those Indicted Mount Pressure On Jonathan
How do you cover-up a scandal? The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) wants to try smoke-bombs.
Smoke Bomb Number 1: Impeach the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has demonstrated a measure of independence on some issues.
Smoke Bomb Number 2: Impose confusion over the Farouk Lawan-led House committee which indicted top Nigerians in the fuel subsidy shady deal.
A key member of the House has told SaharaReporters exclusively in Abuja of plans by the PDP to impeach the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who is now working round the clock to defuse the plot to unseat him and cause rancour in the house.
Those indicted by the House committee, said the Representative who requested anonymity are mostly financial backers of the PDP, and some political associates of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 elections.
Others, the source added, are people who quietly emerged billionaires from milking Nigerian resources, the threatened status quo ante they want to stage the last fight of their lives to save.
The source also said that the new party national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Vice President Namadi Sambo and other top shots have spoken on the phone with Tambuwal over the reports and how to go about aborting it. For his part, the Speaker is said to have remained “adamant,” reportedly arguing that the system should be allowed to sort itself out constitutionally without executive and party influence, the highly placed source said.
It is gathered, in this respect, that Tambuwal, as a younger-generation politician, wants to toe the line of the desires of a majority of the house. Some of the state governors, meanwhile, are said to have been briefed by the lions within the presidency to take the lead in flogging their Representatives into line.
President Jonathan has said he will take action on the report, but he has rarely backed any such declarations with concrete action.