By Citizens Platform
The immunity clause if removed from the constitution might grind governance to a halt. The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has predicted.
According to Gbajabiamila, admitting the removal of the immunity clause was done in good faith and demanded by constituents across the country but it was not the way to go because the resultant suits will be distractive for the elected official and that will be detrimental to governance.
The Lawmaker who did not vote for the immunity clause removal however suggested that laws such as the Act setting up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), should be amended to make the commission independent and empowered to investigate sitting elected President or governors.
Adding his voice to ongoing political crises in Rivers state, Gbajabiamila said “if there was no immunity clause, the Governor of Rivers state will today be in court, if for nothing; framed up charges.”
“The immunity clause not being absolute, should have remained and accountability will then start after their (trial of Governors and President) term of office”.
Source: Citizens Platform
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