The Minority in Parliament has said its plan to push for President John Mahama’s impeachment over his acceptance of the Ford Expedition gift from a Burkinabe contractor, has reached an advanced stage.
Citi News last week published exclusive details of the Minority’s plan to commence the process, prompting strong reactions and condemnation from Majority lawmakers.
Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, says his side has the more than the 93 MPs required to initiate the process of removing the President from office.
The Bimbilla MP, who was speaking at the campaign launch of the NPP in the Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, said the Minority will soon kick start the process in Parliament.
“Do you want us to impeach President Mahama? If the Minority wants to take that step we need only 93 members of Parliament. The NPP has only 122 Members of Parliament so we are more than capable of impeaching the President. If you want us to do that you will hear from us very soon. All we are saying is that, change will come very soon.”
Minority MPs lead campaign to impeach Mahama
Last week, New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers started collecting signatures of Members in the House in a bold move that insiders say could lead to a push for impeachment proceedings against the President.
At least 50 MPs from the Minority have so far appended their signatures to a document that may push for either Parliamentary investigation into the case or impeachment proceedings against the President.
The contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, is on record as having confirmed giving out the car as gift to Mr. Mahama, for which the President called to thank him.
Media reports have quoted Mr. Kanazoe as saying the gift was a purely friendly gesture and not a dubious token aimed at influencing the Mahama administration to reciprocate by giving him government contracts.
But anti-corruption campaigners have called for a transparent probe, insisting that the car gift may have been a bribe disguised as a friendly gesture, especially as it came from a man whose company had executed two contracts for the government of Ghana.