ECOWAS to intervene in Nigerian executive-legislative face-off

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament currently sitting in Abuja is to intervene in the current face-off between the Nigerian presidency and the National Assembly, which has culminated in a threat to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The semi-official Daily Times newspaper Monday quoted an ECOWAS Parliamentarian from Gambia, Hamat Bah, as saying it was the constitutional right of the Parliament to prevent crisis and manage conflicts with a view to strengthening integration and cooperation in Africa.
Bah did not say exactly what role will be played by the ECOWAS Parliament in the crisis, which has heated up the polity since 13 August, when the lower legislative chamber, the House of Representatives gave Obasanjo two weeks to resign or be sacked from office for a series of alleged constitutional breaches.
A panel constituted by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to investigate the 17-point allegations against the President has started work.
Obasanjo has vowed not resign and promised a comprehensive response to the allegations, which include non-implementation of government budgets since 1999, unilateral appointments and extra- budgetary spending.

09 september 2002 12:56:00

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