UPDATE: Nasarawa Impeachment: Lawmakers accuse Chief Judge of bias, reject investigating panel

The Assembly based its decision on a petition written by a group, Nasarawa Concerned Citizens.

After sitting for hours in a distant local government, Karu, far away from the Assembly Complex in Lafia, the state capital, members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly resolved to reject a seven-member panel already probing allegations they made against the state governor, Umaru Al-Makura.

The panel, headed by Yusuf-Usman, was set up by the Nasarawa State Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, to investigate the 16-count impeachment charges levelled against the governor by the lawmakers.

Citing insecurity, 19 members of the Assembly, all members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state held their sitting at a building in Karu Local Government Area, behind the local government secretariat. The four lawmakers, who belong to the governor’s All Progressives Congress, APC, were absent at the sitting.

At the end of the sitting, the lawmakers rejected the seven-member panel, accusing Mr. Dikko of disobeying the constitution in setting up the panel.

Announcing the decision of the Assembly, Speaker Musa Mohammed ( PDP – Nasarawa Central ) said that the composition of the panel negates the provision of Section188 of the Constitution.

Mr. Mohammed also said the panel has no right to sit until a guideline is forwarded to them by the Assembly.

He alleged that the panel was not formed in compliance with Section 188-5 of the constitution that demands that people of integrity to be appointed into the panel.

The Assembly based its decision on a petition written by a group, Nasarawa Concerned Citizens, alleging irregularities in the composition of the panel.

The petition, which was read on the floor of the Assembly, alleged that two of the seven members of the panel are card carrying members of PDP while others are in the pay roll of the state government.

Deliberating on the petition, Francis Orogu (PDP, Keana constituency) said that the panel is in complete disagreement with provisions of the constitution. He urged the chief judge to ‘do the right thing to redeem his image.’

Also contributing, Abdulkarim Usman ( PDP, Wamba constituency) asked the chief judge to reconstitute the panel.

Danladi Jatau moved a motion urging the chief judge to dissolve the panel while Philip Gyunka supported the motion.

The speaker then directed the clerk to communicate the resolution to the chief judge.

Reacting to the resolution of the Assembly, the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Innocent Lagi, said that the action of the Assembly is the highest level of insanity. He urged residents of the state to disregard the resolution.


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  • greenlight774

    lol….how funny can a party be. PDP is the problem of Nigeria. We must reject this people and their evil plans.

    • redeem

      TINUBU IMPEACHED ALL HIS DEPUTIES-

      • Dorcas

        We are going to impeach Jonathan… the clueless… moronic president.

        • solomon

          Commence it now or die in silence like your mumu father

      • greenlight774

        I don’t care about Tinubu. Nigeria is not a banana republic.

      • Ayo

        Here we go again typical redeem talking through his backside as usual – making statements that are not true, hoping ethnics and religious bigots like himself will run with it

  • Wähala

    So because only 2 PDP members are on the panel, it does not meet the constitutional requirement of “people of integrity”? If the majority had been PDP cronies, would they have rejected the panel? What about non-partisan members of the panel, or must everyone belong to a political part of sort? Funny clowns. The Justice should and people of Nasarawa ignore PDP clowns, if the Governor is guilty as charged, it doesn’t take majority PDP members to see & say so, let the panel sit as constituted let’s see if they will recommend impeachment of their Gov… Methinks, Governor has pulled a fast one by tinkering with the composition of the panel, now evil PDP are desperately scrambling for options. Hahahaa chai !!!

    • Ayo

      All this shameless lawmakers want is get the answer they want (not necessarily the truth) by “wuruwuru” means when clearly it is not their job appoint an investigative panel it is the job of the CJ – they should not forget that there is something known “separation of power” in the Nigerian constitution.

  • Femi

    Look at them, shameless human beings.

  • Femi

    Look at them, shameless human beings.

  • Ailenbata George

    All rogue governors ought to be shown the exit door, there is something wrong with Nigeria public about corruption

  • Mosaku 147

    Nice move.I never thought Al-makura was this smart.what Nyako could not do because he never enjoyed the support of the people. Al-makura can just pull this one off by remaining the governor till 2015.
    I doff my hat for him.

  • odiate obong

    Nigeria and our politicians.well lets see how it unfolds

  • adegbola

    Shameless basterds who can no longer stay in their original base for the fear of the unknown because there hands are not clean, they have collect money from the oga at the top and now there people are angry with them, now the money can not be returned and they can’t carry out the assignment, they have met their Waterloo

    • ibro

      Pls,members of the house u must not put our young state chaos allow d panel to do their job if u are very sincere with ur allegations against him otherwise pple would b looking at u as been sponsored by someone.

  • lala

    The house decision is final.