The All Nigeria Peoples Party, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of inducing legislators with up to N500 million to impeach governors of five states controlled by the opposition party.
Addressing the Press in Abuja on Wednesday, chairman of the APC, John Odigie – Oyegun, accused the President of championing the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, alleging further that he is also scheming the removal of the governors of Borno, Edo, Nasarawa and Rivers states
Odigie – Oyegun alleged that in Adamawa state, each member of the state House of Assembly was given $300,000 as part payment to impeach the governor, while N500 million is being used to induce lawmakers in Nasarawa state to impeach governor Tanko Al-Makura.
He said further that in Edo state, each lawmaker has allegedly been offered N75 million to impeach governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“What was Nyako impeached for? Offences he allegedly committed five years ago. Those offences were not impeachable when he was in the PDP. But the moment he decamped to the APC, they became impeachable,” he stated.
According to the APC chairman, the entire impeachment of governor Nyako was fraught with irregularities, bias, judicial contradictions and was carried out in violation of every procedural and constitutional provisions that it is the worst manifestation of impunity, adding that the APC would challenge the gross injustice done the party.
Odigie-Oyegun expressed concern over what he describes as the impunity being displayed by President Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in an attempt to undermine the opposition.
He said events in Nigeria over the past few weeks, “point to a return to the days of state dictatorship, lawlessness, impunity and repression, which he fears may destroy the the country.”
He stated further that the PDP in its desperation has resorted to ceaseless and reckless violations of laws of the land and the Constitution and that the APC will no longer sit and fold its hands.
“Our freedoms are being emasculated, our economy being run to the ground, and our only hope of bringing about change – our democratic expression
The APC chairman lamented further that the army, police, courts, aviation and the electoral commission have all been compromised so that they can no longer be trusted by anyone to be neutral.
“The army has been so abused that it now carries out police duties. Soldiers were deployed to guard the residence of the Chief Judge of Adamawa while the impeachment proceedings were on. Soldiers were deployed to guard each member of the impeachment panel. Soldiers were also deployed to guard the venue where the panel sat,” the party noted.
According to Odigie-Oyegun, it has become evident that “inaction is no longer an option and we must resist,” adding that despite the desire of his party for restraint and mature engagement, President Jonathan and the ruling party have not shown any sincere desire for playing by the rules.