The Presidency on Wednesday told Senators who are behind the reported impeachment moves against President Goodluck Jonathan that there are issues of national importance that need their attention other than moving against the President.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said this in a statement against the background of recent compilation of impeachable offences against the President at the Senate.
Okupe identified such issues that require all hands to be on the deck to include the war against terrorism as well as the process of stabilising the nation’s economy in the face of dwindling oil revenue.
These, he said, required the full attention, commitment and swift attention of the Senators.
The presidential aide expressed the hope that all political matters would be resolved politically in the interest of democracy.
He recalled that the Senate had, in the last four years, conducted its constitutional duties and responded to national issues commendably.
He however agreed that confrontation and strong disagreements are not strange in Executive-Legislature relationship worldwide.
The statement read, “The Senate in the last four years has conducted its legislative functions and responded to issues that are of great national importance with commendable political sagacity.
“In this same period, the senate has functioned as a stabilising force within the polity employing much political maturity that is required to guide and protect our nascent democracy.
“However, confrontation and strong disagreements are not uncommon phenomenon in Executive-Legislative relationship world-wide.
“The recent purported attempt by some Senators to prepare impeachable offences against the President, as reported in some section of the Media, is seen by us in this light.
“We strongly trust and believe in the leadership of the present Senate and the unwavering patriotism and commitment that have been shown by the distinguished members and we trust that ultimately it is this tendency towards true nationalism that will prevail in the Senate.
“It is our view that there are at present, serious fundamental issues of national importance such as winning the war against terrorism and stabilising the economy in the face of dwindling oil revenue which requires the full attention, commitment and swift action of distinguished members of the Senate.
“We are of the opinion that all matters will be resolved politically in the overall interest of our democracy and the well-being of our people.”
Senators pushing for the removal of the President have set December 16 as the date to set their plan rolling.
The arrowhead of the Jonathan-Must-Go in the Senate, Senator Alkali Jajere, had said on Tuesday in Abuja that the aggrieved senators would table a motion for the impeachment of the President before the Senate on the said date