As the impeachment threat in the Senate against President Goodluck Jonathan gains momentum some senators have described the threat as a mere rumour.
It would be recalled that last week, 63 senators with some members of the House of Representatives (reportedly 200) appended their signatures to an impeachment notice for President Jonathan.
It was recalled last week that the chairman Senate Committee on Media and senate spokesman, Enyinnaya Abaribe reacting to the impeachment threat described it “as rumour and figment of imagination of those concocting it which would not be dignified with any further reactions”.
However some lawmakers have debunked the impeachment threat adding that they heard about it in the media and not from the Senate or from individual senators.
Minority whip of the Senate, Ganiyu Solomon (APC Lagos West) said he never heard anything like that either from the Senate or from any senator .
According to him, “Honestly, I have been in Lagos for quite some time but I have not heard anything like that neither did anybody speak to me about it. But I will be in Abuja on Monday (today), maybe we can see so that I find out if there is anything like that”.
Similarly, Senator Barnabas Gemade, (PDP Benue North East) denied having knowledge of the impeachment plot saying “I am in my home in Benue, and I don’t want to comment on what I don’t know anything about. I am not aware and nobody has met me on the issue you raised. But you can meet Abaribe because he is the spokesman of the Senate”.
Ditto for Senator Joshua Dariye (PDP, Plateau Central) who simply said “I don’t know anything about that; I am not aware of any such plot”.
However, an APC senator from the North East who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the plot or the rumour emanated from an aggrieved PDP high ranking senator in the Senate over the issue of automatic ticket allegedly denied him and others by the party.
He said the prayers of the APC senators is that the rumour should turn out to be true in form of real plot this week, so as to teach Jonathan the lesson of his life by making him to be the first president that would be booted out.
“They the PDP Senators especially a highly ranking one among them , started this rumour about possible impeachment plot against Jonathan two weeks ago over their party wahala which we in the APC initially felt does not concern us, but since they continued last week, we have also shown interest after all, the person the plot is against , is someone that has committed series of impeachment offences,” he said.