Impeachment Threat Not Over Lawan, Contracts – Reps

The House of Representatives on Monday said the ultimatum given to President Goodluck Jonathan to either achieve 100 per cent budget performance by September or face impeachment procedures, was borne out of genuine desire to move the country forward.

The lawmakers condemned insinuations that the impeachment threat had to do with their desire for contracts and the fight to protect Farouk Lawan, a Rep currently involved a $620,000 bribery scandal.

Spokesman for the House, Zakari Mohammed, on Monday said such insinuations were wicked and a ploy to intimidate the lawmakers out of their genuine concern for the nation’s economy.

Mohammed said, “The 7th Assembly has distanced itself from the Hon. Farouk (Lawan)  and (Femi) Otedola case as evident in the bold steps we took in suspending him (Lawan) as chairman of  both the committees on fuel subsidy and education in addition to encouraging the law enforcement agencies to do their work according to the dictates of the law.

“To now conclude that our resolution for Thursday is borne out of selfish motives is terribly out of place.”