The House of Representatives members opposed to the third term agenda have begun fresh moves to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Daily Trust learnt that the House members plan to dust up the impeachable offences pending against the president.
The motion for the impeachment may be moved today or tomorrow depending on the resolution of the meeting of the anti third term members held in Abuja yesterday night.
Some of the offences that would be added to what already subsist, according to the plan, are the recent violation of the court order in respect of the public hearings for the amendment of the constitution and the removal of Governor Rasheed Ladoja of Oyo state, contrary to the ruling of an Ibadan high court,
Hon. Ishaq Kurfi, an All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), member from Katsina state confirmed the moves to Daily Trust when contacted.
According to him, the impeachment of the president would be the most effective way to stop the third term agenda and that no amount of intervention will stop the execution of the impeachment this time because the offences are overwhelming.
Opponents of the third term agenda who cut across party divide including members from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), have planned the impeachment motion to coincide with another motion planned by the supporters of the third term agenda to pass a vote of confidence on President Obasanjo.
The motion by the proponents of the third term will also commend both chambers of the National Assembly for a speedy passage of the 2006 budget which is one of the duties they were elected to do.
The opponents believe that the commendation motion is part of the third term ploy and will counter it with the impeachment motion which they said cannot be stopped.
192 members of the House had signed up recently to impeach the President over alleged constitutional breaches including non-implementation of the budget and violation of the rule of law.
The Leader of the House, Rep. Abdul Ningi, was mandated by the House to take over the impeachment process, fine tune the offences and report to the House to take a common position. The report is yet to be presented to the House. The arrowhead of the impeachment process before the intervention by the House leadership was Hon. Bashir Nadabo, an ANPP member from Katsina State.
While confirming the renewed impeachment moves to Daily Trust, Hon. Kurfi said a PDP member would be drafted to move the motion for strategic reasons.
Hon. Abdul Ningi said when his comments was sought that he did know the form the motion would take, "but I understand that people have been meeting while I was away."
He said the impeachment proceedings which his committee was mandated to take over, were not officially discussed in plenary. It was discussed at the executive session and that his committee will report to the executive session to take a position.
Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of the House, Hon. Abike Dabiri, said when contacted, that she only heard about the impeachment move as a rumour. "I heard some members discussing it casually," she said.
She said she cannot comment on the official position of the House on the matter because it was not discussed in plenary, adding however that if individual members plan anything, it has to be presented on the floor of the House for it to take effect.
However, the number of anti-third term members is said to have risen to 154 as at yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has again reiterated its rejection of "any attempt to impose President Obasanjo on Nigerians via a third term farce.'
The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Malam Aliyu Hayatu, told Daily Trust after the joint meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the National Executive Council (NEC), yesterday that the forum calls "on all legislators all over the country to regard it as a patriotic duty to oppose this constitutional recklessness.
"The meeting resolved to send delegations to meet National Assembly members to underscore the compeling necessity to ensure that the attempt to prolong the Obasanjo tenure does not succeed.
'The forum also decided to form another committee which will liase closely with members of the state Assemblies as well as station another at the National Assembly in Abuja, to pressurise the lawmakers on a sustained basis for the achievement of this sacred objective,' he said.
The meeting presided over by the chairman, BOT, Alhaji Magaji Danbatta, also called on Nigerians to regard the forthcoming census as a maior national issue that must not be ignored. It advised the entire populace to stay indoors to ensure that everyone is counted.
"This is a civic duty of the greatest importance and social wellbeing of the people,' Malam Aliyu declared.
Conspiciously absent at the meeting was the ACF chairman, Chief Sunday Awoniyi, who is recuperating from injuries sustained during an armed robbery attack in his residence in Abuja.
The meeting, according to the ACF spokesman, expressed grave concern over the armed robbery attack on Chief Awoniyi and resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with him over the tragic incident.
The meeting was attended by several northern leaders among them Lt-Gen. Mohammed Wushishi (rtd), Lt. Col. Jeremiah Useni (rtd), Brig.-Gen. Abba Kyari (rtd), Alhaji Ibrahim Damada, Alhaji Sani Zangon-Daura and Gen. Ibrahim Sabo (rtd).
Others were Alhaji Adamu Fika, Alhaji Bello Kurfi, Gen. Halilu Akilu (rtd), Senator Dangana Ndayako, Senator J.K.N. Waku, Dr. Sadiq Abubakar, author of the controversial anti-third term book.