Nasarawa Impeachment: Lawmakers, PDP reject panel’s verdict, vow to impeach

Governor Tanko Al-Makura

“We will not act outside the constitution but be assured that the impeachment process is still on course.”

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday rejected the verdict of the panel set up by the state Chief Judge to investigate 16 allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Governor Tanko Al-Makura. The lawmakers also insisted they would remove the governor from office.

The panel had on Tuesday cleared the governor of all the charges.

Mohammed Ibaku, the House Committee Chairman of Information, gave the position of the Assembly at a news conference in Abuja.

He said that the Assembly had earlier expressed reservations over the composition of the committee and would therefore not recognise any decision taken by it.

“We want to bring to the notice of Nigerians that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly totally dissociates itself from the decision reached by the panel set by the Chief Judge of the state which has cleared the governor of allegations leveled against him by the house.

“As far as we are concerned, the governor is yet to be exonerated of charges levelled against him; we are not going to go to court because the matter is a constitutional matter that cannot be resolved by any court.

“We will take a firm position on the matter in due course but we will follow the constitution; we will not act outside the constitution but be assured that the impeachment process is still on course,” Mr. Ibaku said.

He alleged that the actions and activities of the panel were illegal and a gross violation of the constitution of Nigeria.

According to Mr. Ibaku, some people want to “cook and eat the law” and it will not be accepted.

The lawmaker dismissed reports that the Assembly had dragged the governor to the EFCC, noting that he had dragged himself to the anti-graft agency. He also said that the Assembly would not join issues with the state chief judge on his refusal to reconstitute the probe panel on the request of the house.

“The governor has taken himself to EFCC already; the house does not need to drag him to the anti graft body; by his actions he has taken himself to court already.

“The house will not join issues with the chief judge; we will allow the law to take its course on matters relating to his conduct. For now we are focused on the issue of the impeachment and not the conduct of the chief judge,’’ he said.

In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders in Nasarawa State have expressed support for the position of the legislators.

Their position was contained in a communique signed by 84 members of the stakeholders’ forum after its meeting on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the leaders and members of the PDP in Nasarawa State, we strongly reaffirm our support and solidarity for the constitutional actions carried out by members of the House of Assembly in respect of the ongoing impeachment process,’’ the communique stated.
It called on security agencies to provide adequate security for the legislators in the course of discharging their duties and urged the public to remain law abiding.

It, however, stated that the party would resist attempts by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to undermine the ongoing democratic process in the state.

Twenty PDP members of the 24-member Nasarawa Assembly had supported the move to impeach Mr. Al-Makura, whose APC has four legislators.

Based on provisions of the constitution, the lawmakers can only proceed with the impeachment if the panel set up by the chief judge finds the governor guilty of the allegations.


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  • solomon

    All we are saying Babylonian agent must go

  • Sadiq Olayemi

    The Chief Judge of Nasarawa State is guilty of gross misconduct for failing to constitute the panel as required by law.

    The law is very clear that certain persons are not allowed to be members of the panel …… why did Chief Judge include such persons in the panel ….. he should be impeached and sent to disgraced Justice Ayo Salami as his personal assistant.

    Labaran Maku Is Nigeria’s Most Incompetent Minister for Informatiom Since Independence in 1960

    But come to think of it the Nasarawa State impeachment matter has again confirmed evidence that Labaran Maku is the most incompetent Minister in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan ……….. never in the history of Nigeria since independence have we had such an incompetent Minister of Information ………….. no wonder the Opposition malicious false propaganda against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan is roaming all over the place unchallenged.

    Reuben Abati is even worse …… sorry for Jonathan !!!

    • peter

      The chief judge was clearly influenced by the president, The Panel was biased and hence their verdict was always going to be favorable to the govt.

  • redeem

    AKERELE BUCKNOR KOFOWOROLA: She was a Senator and Was elected alongside Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 on the AD platform. In 2002, she declared her Interest to vie the 2003 Lagos State Governor seat against her boss. Bola Tinubu was infuriated, he lobbied the Lagos State House to commence impeachement proceedings against her. Buknor resigned her position as Deputy Governor, she also left the party, Alliance for Democracy. That was the last we heard of her politically.2. Mr. FEMI PEDRO was picked by Bola Tinubu in 2002 as Buknor’s successor. Jointly, they won 2003 Lagos Governorship election. After the FORMATION of Action Congress by majorly sponsored by Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu, Pedro Signified interest to succeed his boss like others in the 2007 Guber election. Then Governor Tinubu told all the contenders to support the Candidacy of his Chief of Staff, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Pedro was adamant, he defected to Labour Party. Next was IMPEACHMENT against Pedro by Lagos State House. Sensing that he couldn’t survive the impeachment moves, he RESIGNED his position as Deputy Governor of Lagos State on the day he was to be IMPEACHED. However, Governor Tinubu refused to collect his Resignation Letter…Few Minutes later, the House IMPEACHED him for “Insubordination and Gross Misconduct”. Bola Tinubu OPENED the floodgate for Political Witch-hunt. He was the FIRST Governor Since Lagos History to Have 3 Deputies within a Span of 8 Years. Why is APC now complaining- and abusing the president

  • peter

    There was no fair hearing, as the members of the HOA were contesting the establishment of the panel and did not appear to listen to proceedings, Their verdict was bound to be rejected.

  • NikNak

    “We are not going to go to court because the matter is a constitutional matter that cannot be resolved by ANY court”,

    Please what is that? Any help?

  • Somi

    Al-Makura was discharged but not acquainted, which the judge ought not to have done. The whole process of impeachment should not be taken with levity, but politicians are taking it for granted.

  • Abdullah

    Mr Peter.The State House of Assembly is been influenced by WHO?So let the Nasarawa people decided what uption they have in the Constitution,if the People they Elected will dumps there will.

  • john micheals

    If the panel was alleged to have been biased, the hearing would not be objective, there needs to be investigation towards the credibility of the panelists.