“We have supported him all this time; he has supported us and in situations like these when Mr. President’s support is required, we will seek it.”
The embattled Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, on Wednesday said he would seek the help of President Goodluck Jonathan, when the time comes, to stave off his impeachment
Mr. Nyako, who attended the National Council of State meeting on Tuesday, alongside some other governors, was again at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday to attend the launch of the steering committee of the Safe Schools Initiative.
The Adamawa governor, who was one of the five governors, who decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently facing impeachment from members of his state House of Assembly.
While the governor has put in several measures to ward off the impeachment proceedings, the lawmakers and Chief Judge of the state proceeded with the impeachment process against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.
Fielding questions from journalists on Wednesday, Mr. Nyako expressed hope that he would survive the impeachment proceedings.
The governor, who told journalists that the state was calm, said the issue was still before the court and he expects the lawmakers to abide by the law.
“Well, it is in the court and the court said it was not well done. We are hoping that if they want to do it, they will do it following the normal process in whatever they want to do,” he said.
Asked if he had tried reaching out to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into impeachment moves, Mr. Nyako said, “Not yet. It has not reached that crisis point.”
He, however, did not rule out the possibility of calling for help from the president when the need arises.
“We have supported him all this time; he has supported us and in situations like these when Mr. President’s support is required, we will seek it,” he said.
The Adamawa governor, who said he was not contemplating resignation, was also coy when asked if former Nigerian leaders, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, had intervened to stave off his impeachment.
“That (their intervention) will be excellent,” he said.
On the main cause of the crisis, the governor said, “Adamawa is a very interesting place. If I tell you we have 87 ethnic groups and the two religions are fairly balanced, It means that being sensitive to each and every one of us is very important. It is a place of intellectualism; everybody has his own point of view and you have a group of people who share a certain point of view. And until it changes, they will maintain that point of view. But we have been peaceful somehow and we will remain peaceful.”
On his rumoured plan to return to the PDP, Mr. Nyako said, “Quite frankly, you know how I joined the PDP and partisan politics in the first place. It is not really my field. My field is known. You know what I was before. We are straightforward; have two distinctions: loyalty and disloyalty; two separate pieces. But one of the interior politicians told me that there are a lot of things in between loyalty and disloyalty which up till this moment I have not appreciated. So, for me, disloyalty with this type of attitude with Nigerian politics of today you are likely to step on toes of a few.”