Senator Adegbenga Sefiu Kaka, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) representing Ogun East in the upper legislative chamber, has defended the appeal by his party to the National Assembly to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan. Kaka, a former deputy governor of Ogun State from 1999 to 2003 during the governorship of Chief Olusegun Osoba, also condemned reactions by the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing APC’s call as treasonable.APC, through its interim National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on December 15 requested the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against the president, arguing that the ship of state was drifting dangerously, adding that the trend had to be arrested.Mohammed’s call came in the wake of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to Jonathan, in which he accused the president and his administration of grievous constitutional infractions. The Presidency and PDP, in separate reactions to APC’s call, threatened that treasonable charges may be brought against leaders of the party for conceiving such an idea.But Kaka, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, insisted in an exclusive interview with Saturday Newswatch, that his party did no wrong. He said there was nothing treasonable in the impeachment of a president. Said he: “If my own party is talking about impeachment, I believe that there is nothing treasonable in the call. Impeachment is entrenched in the constitution and the conditionalities for impeachment are also stated in black and white, which I think my party must have studied very well before making the impeachment call. If we have reached that level and my party is calling for it, I don’t think any law has been breached to the point of classifying it as treasonable charges. “To the Presidency and PDP, Kaka said: “If we haven’t reached that level constitutionally, democratically, it is left for those alleging treason to prove to the world the aspect of the law that has been broken or backing their allegation. So the issue of treasonable felony is a defeatist approach.”
The Senator contended that if some forces allegedly having the backing of the Presidency could threaten governors not in their good books with impeachment, there was nothing wrong in the call by APC for the impeachment of the president. Asked Kaka: “What is the difference between impeachment of a governor and a president? Not only that, if you go to Rivers, they are threatening to impeach the governor with five out of a parliament of 31 lawmakers; which one is more treasonable of the attempted action cited? I believe whatever threat they have against APC, is a misplaced aggression, and it shows the level of delusion the PDP-led government in the country has sunk into over the years.”Commending Obasanjo for his letter to the President, Kaka said the former president had through it spoken the minds of many Nigerians. He added that “for those looking at the messenger and not the message, as far as the said letter is concerned, they need not mind where Obasanjo is coming from or whatever role he had played in the past as regards the current democratic dispensation. The fact of the matter is that through that letter, Obasanjo has spoken out the minds of Nigerians to this government and nothing more.”While calling on government to treat issues raised in the letter and criticisms by other Nigerians in good faith, Kaka said: “Mr. President might have tried his best, but what the generality of people are saying is that his best is not good enough and that is what Chief Obasanjo re-echoed in the said letter.”Kaka advised Nigerian leaders to imbibe the lessons of the life and times of Dr. Nelson Mandela by being responsive to the yearnings of the people.