A bill at the 2nd tier of the National Assembly which seeks to impeach a President who in 30-days of coming into power doesn’t have a cabinet passes its second reading at the House of Reps.
The bill which is sponsored by Kpam Sokpo, a lawmaker from Benue State, is set to go into law that gives a newly elected or re-elected president a time frame of just 30-days to pick his cabinet. The Impeachment bill passed its first reading in December 2020 and now it has passed its second reading as at May 17, 2021.
Here are what some sections of the bill stipulate;
Section 19(1) of the proposed bill stipulates that “the president shall on assumption of office, appoint ministers within 30 days from the date he took the oath of office.”
Section 19(2) of the bill provides that “the president shall constitute and appoint all boards of government agencies and parastatal that are due for constitution and appointment within two months from the date of his assumption of office.”
Section 19(3) stipulates that the president “shall be guilty of a misconduct as provided under section 143 (2) (b) of the Constitution” if he fails to comply with the provisions of the proposed bill. It also outlined how the president can be impeached when he is guilty of “gross misconduct in the
performance of the functions of his office”.
Sokpo who maintained that the Impeach ment law will ensure a smooth transition of power said;
“This bill seeks to provide for the procedure and ceremony for transition and assumption of the office of the president, and vice-president-elect by the president-elect and vice-president-elect, and to facilitate the handover process by the outgoing president and vice-president of the federal republic of Nigeria.”