The house of representatives are currently considering a bill that will give them the privilege to impeach the President if he fails to name members of his cabinet under 30 days of resumption to office.
‘ Transition and and assumption of office’ as the name of the bill implies was sponsored by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Benue state Kpam Sokpo and has been introduced for first reading.
The bill seeks to add failure to set up the cabinet within the given time as an act of misconduct that could bring about the impeachment of any president as provided for in the 1999 constitution.
And from all indications, the bill is believed to be triggered by the usual delay of President Muhammadu in naming the members of his cabinet.
It would be recalled that it took the president about four months after he assumed office in 2015 and about 2 months after he began his second term in 2019 to name his ministers.
According to the new bill :
Subject to sections 147 and 302 of the Constitution, the President shall on assumption of office, appoint Ministers within 30 days from the date he took the oath of office.
It added that, the President Under two months of assuming office shall constitute and appoint all Boards of Government agencies and parastatals that are due for constitution and appointment.
And if the president fails to act according to the aforementioned without reasons that are justifiable, then the president shall be guilty misconduct as provided under section 143(2) (b) of the Constitution.”
The section also indicate how the president can be impeached when he is guilty as charged