Nasarawa crisis: PDP lawmaker dismisses alleged plan to impeach Al-Makura

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

The Nasarawa governor will appear before lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon.

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has no plans to impeach the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, a leading opposition lawmaker has said.

The member representing Awe South constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Aliyu Umar, said that the resolution to invite Mr. Al-Makura to appear before the lawmakers is not to a ploy to commence impeachment proceedings against the governor; but an exercise of the lawmakers’ duties.

The governor is due to appear before the state lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon to explain his alleged refusal to implement various resolutions of the Assembly including that ordering the reinstatement of the heads of the state university.

The conflict between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, dominated Assembly and the All Progressives Congress Executive continued on Monday as the lawmakers banned the state television from reporting on their sittings.

Mr. Umaru, one of the 19 PDP lawmakers- of the total 24- and the chairman of the Assembly’s committee on Hajj affairs, said poor performance can throw an elected official out of office without impeachment.

He denied that the governor’s invitation is an impeachment plot adding that any decision to impeach the governor will not be a secret.

“Lack of performance can remove somebody out of office not by impeachment. It is not a plan to impeach the governor; even if we have the plan, it will not be hidden, it will be public,” he added.

“It’s a normal activity as a house, we are doing our job, is routine of the house duty and I think is not out of place to invite the governor.”

The lawmaker said the invitation was not the first time the governor would appear before the lawmakers.

“The governor is not a first timer to the house, this is his third time in the house and what the house needed are explanation of certain things which I believe he has the answers,” he said.

The lawmaker also denied knowledge of any demand for financial gratification by some lawmakers in the assembly; arguing that the governor does not have enough money to offer them.

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