Stay clear of Nasarawa politics, Justice Commissioner warns presidency

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

There are reports of a planned impeachment on the state governor.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Nasarawa State, Innocent Lagi, has warned the presidency to steer of clear of Nasarawa politics and concentrate on the provision of basic and social amenities to Nigerians.

“The PDP government should blame itself for the failure of the Nigerian nation rather than ‘venge’ its anger on the realisation of the merger of Political parties in the country and the administration of the APC government of Nasarawa state led by Al-Makura,” he said.

Mr. Lagi said this while reacting to the alleged plan by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, dominated Nasarawa Assembly to impeach the state governor for not implementing legislative resolutions. Of the 24 members of the Nasarawa Assembly, 19 are PDP members, while five are members of the All Progressives Congress.

He said the APC-led government in the state has in the past two years shown appreciable level of understanding and respect for the rule of law unlike the PDP-led federal government that allegedly neglects the rule of law.

“For the avoidance of doubt we are yet to see the presidency implementing the house of representative resolution on the removal of the SEC DG and redeployment of Rivers police commissioner,” he said.

“We challenge anybody to come to the state and take a look at our two years administration and compare with the last 12 years of PDP administration in the state”.

According to him, “we are aware of the plans by outsiders to cause trouble in the state not because it’s an APC state but because it is part of the region called the North”.

“Let me remind those who might be in the dark, both PDP and APC in the state have the same lineage when it comes to regional politics because we know where we meet, so those who want to use sentiments to cause havoc for the state will fail,” he said.

The commissioner claimed Nasarawa indigenes that supported President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 did not benefit from the support.

“Our people have made a choice and are ready to stand by it, because even our former leaders who made the choice for the Jonathan presidency in 2011 have been left to languish in taught with no reward or benefit for it,” he added.

Mr. Al-Makura, who hosted the 11 APC governors last week, has been on a collision course with the state lawmakers over some of the executive’s stance on issues. The lawmakers summoned Mr. Al-Makura to explain why he did not re-instate the management of the state university sacked last February, and other resolutions passed by the assembly.

Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives from Nasarawa, Abbas Machika, while reacting to the alleged impeachment plan, said the House of assembly can only impeach the executive if he has clearly violated the constitution, adding that not implementing the state lawmakers’ resolutions does not amount to misconduct.


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