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Presidency Commends Senate for Anti-impeachment Stance against Jonathan

The Presidency on Wednesday commended the senate for their opposition to the impeachment plot against President Goodluck Jonathan by some members of the House of Representatives, stating that the issue of attention at moment was to win the war against the insurgency and not to unnecessarily  heat up the polity.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said, “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.

Okupe said the recent purported attempt by some senators to prepare impeachable offences against the president, as reported in some sections of the media, was seen by the presidency in this light.

Accordingly, he said, “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 political matters can and will be resolved politically in the overall interest of our democracy and the wellbeing of our people.

“We strongly trust and believe in the leadership of the present Senate and the unwavering patriotism and commitments 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.

Okupe said 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.

He commended the Senate and said it has functioned as a stabilising force within the polity, employing much political maturity that is required to guide and protect the nation’s  nascent democracy.

The President’s aide said that confrontation and strong disagreements are not uncommon phenomenon in executive-legislative relationship world-wide.

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