ROLES OF LEGISLATURE IN IMPEACHMENT PROCEDINGS UNDER 1999 CONSTITUTION

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study is to explore the roles of Legislature in impeachment proceeding under the 1999 constitution.

The principal function of the Legislative arm of government is to legislate and make law for good governance in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. The Legislative power is vested in the National Assembly which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives while the Legislative power of a state is vested in the State House of Assembly.

The Legislature has the power under the 1999 Constitution to impeach the Electoral Officers of both the executive and legislative arms of Government, such as the President and Vice President, Governor or Deputy Governor, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives and other elective Officers of the National and State Houses of Assembly.

The research considers the Constitutional provision which spell out the roles of the Legislative arm in impeachment of the President and Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governor, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, and the State House of Assembly.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COVER PAGE i

CERTIFICATION PAGE ii

ABSTRACT iii

DEDICATION iv

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT v

TABLE OF CASES vi

TABLE OF STATUTES vii

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS viii

TABLE OF CONTENTS ix

CHAPTER 1

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.0.0: INTRODUCTION 1

1.1.0: BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY 3

1.2.0: OBJECTIVES OF STUDY 3

1.3.0: FOCUS OF STUDY 4

1.4.0: SCOPE OF STUDY 4

1.5.0: METHODOLOGY 5

1.6.0: LITERATURE REVIEW 6

1.7.0: DEFINITION OF TERMS 8

1.8.0: CONCLUSION 9

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CHAPTER 2

BACKGROUND OF IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS IN

NIGERIA

2.0.0: INTRODUCTION 10

2.1.0: DEFINITION OF IMPEACHMENT 11

2.2.0HISTORICALBACKGROUNDOFIMPEACHMENT 13

2.3.0: IMPEACHMENT UNDER PRE-1999 ONSTITUTION 16

2.3.1: THE 1963 CONSTITUTION 17

2.3.2: THE IMPEACHMMENT UNDER 1979 CONSTITUTION: AN

OVERVIEW OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF ALHAJI BALARABE

MUSA 19

2.3.3: IMPEACHMENT UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION 22

2.4.0: CONCLUSION 23

CHAPTER 3

LEGISLATURE AND IMPEACHMENT

3.0.0: INTRODUCTION 25

3.1.0: COMPOSTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 25

3.2.0: LEGISLATIVE POWERS IN THE 1999 CONSTITUTION 28

3.3.0: ROLES OF THE LEGISLATIVE IN A DEMOCRACTIC SOCIETY 31

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3.4.0: IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS IN THE LEGISLATIVE

HOUSES 43

3.4.1IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING FOR THE REMOVALOF THE

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT 47

3.4.2: IMPEACHMENT OF THE GOVERNORS AND DEPUTY

GOVERNORS 51

3.5.0: CONCLUSION 52

CHAPTER 4

PRATICAL EXPERIENCE OF IMPEACHMENT IN NIGERIA

4.0.0: INTRODUCTION 53

4.1.0: IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGSUNDER THE 1999

CONSTITTION 53

4.1.1: THE AN OVERVIEW OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF GOVERNOR

DSP ALAMIEYESIGHA 59

4.1.2 AN OVERVIEW OF THEIMPEACHMENTOF GOVERNOR

LADOJA 62

4.2.0.IMPEACHMENT OF DEPUTYGOVERNOR 64

4.2.1AN OVERVIEW OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF ABIODUN ALUKO 64

4.2.2 AN OVERVIEW OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF SEN. BUCKNOR

AKERELE 66

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4.3.0AN APPRAAISAL OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF OBONG CHRIS

EKPENYOUG

4.5.0: CONCLUSION 70

CHAPTER 5

GENERAL CONCLUSION

5.0.0: CONCLUSION 71

5.1.0: RECOMMENDATION 75

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