Anarchy Looms in Nasarawa as PDP, APC Clash Over Fresh Plot to Remove Gov. Al-Makura

PDP supporters at Nasarawa Assembly, Lafia

Indications emerged on Friday that Nasarawa State might explode in an orgy of violence unless urgent steps are taken to rein in opposing political forces that are fighting to occupy the Government House, Lafia.

This followed the dismissal of the allegations of misconduct brought against the state Governor, Tanko Al-Makura by an investigative panel set up the state Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko.

The state assembly on Thursday, July 17, filled 16 charges bordering on official misconduct against Mr. Al-Makura.

On Monday, July 24, the assembly caused a notice of impeachment notice, which was signed by 20 out of the 24 members of the assembly, to be served on the governor.

The 20 lawmakers, who signed the impeachment notice are members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP while the four, who refused to sign the document, belong to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

However, Mr. Al-Makura was cleared of all the charges brought against him by the PDP-led legislature on August 5, a situation which angered the lawmakers and the PDP in the state.

In acquitting Mr. Al-Makura, the panel held that the assembly failed to prove that the governor was guilty of any of the charges brought against him.

But investigations by PREMIUM TIMES in Lafia revealed that the PDP-led assembly might still go ahead to remove Mr. Al-Makura on Monday against the verdict of the probe panel.

The lawmakers, who are said to have relocated to Abuja for fear of being attacked by the governor’s supporters, are billed to return to Lafia during the weekend, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

A source in Lafia, who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, confirmed the lawmakers would reconvene on Monday or Tuesday to take a major decision that would change the political landscape in the state.

Based on negative security reports, the source said the assembly, which was expected to resume from recess on Monday, could not hold plenary sitting.

Particularly, the source said many of the PDP lawmakers who signed Mr. Al-Makura’s impeachment notice and who had moved to Abuja, could not return to the state.

He said, “I can conveniently tell you that the lawmakers will return and continue their work as provided for in the 1999 Constitution. When they resume plenary on Monday, a major decision will be taken to show that the state legislature cannot be cowed by any arm of the government to abandon its constitutional responsibilities.

“The law is clear on what the responsibilities of the assembly are and how such responsibilities should be carried out. The law is also clear on what the executive can do and what it cannot do. So when the chips are down, the lawmakers will do their job no matter whose ox is gored.”

The source dismissed insinuations that the lawmakers fled the state to avoid repercussions from supporters of the governor, saying nobody could stop the assembly from sitting when members are ready to reconvene.

Rallies and counter-rallies of rancour

As tension continues to build in Lafia, the state capital, hundreds of APC supporters on Wednesday took to major streets to celebrate the failure of the assembly to remove Mr. Al-Makura.

To drum their support for the governor, a major rally was held at the headquarters of the state chapter of the party located along Shendam Road, where top party brass addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters.

While the rally, which attracted supporters from the 13 local government areas of the state lasted, the state capital was soaked in tension as supporters of the PDP watched the celebration with bottled anger.

To avoid any breakdown of law and order, security agents comprising of the Army, the Nigeria Police, the State Security Services, SSS and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, guarded strategic locations around the capital city.

However, on Thursday morning, more security operatives were deployed to various locations in Lafia just as the PDP was set to hold a counter rally in support of its lawmakers in the state assembly.

Several vans conveying fully-armed military, the police and personnel of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps patrolled major streets of the city while many residents watched from the windows of their houses.

As early as 7a.m, bus-loads of supporters had started arriving at the party’s headquarters along Jos Expressway with party faithful adorning T-shirts with various inscriptions to show support for key leaders of the party.

Some of the T-shirts carried the pictures of the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, former Governor, Akwa Doma, among many others.

By 9 a.m, Mr. Maku accompanied by Mr. Doma, Senators Solomon Ewuga and Suleiman Adokwe, arrived at the party secretariat to show solidarity with the 20 members of the party who are fighting hard to remove Mr. Al-Makura from office.

A former National Assembly member, John Danboyi, former Deputy Governor, John Abdul and other top PDP leaders in the state were also at the rally.

The PDP leaders were received and introduced by the state Chairman, Yunana Iliya, and members of his executive committee.

After a brief ceremony, the rally moved in a long convoy to the House of Assembly. They were blocked from entering the premises by security operatives guarding the complex.

However, after singing and dancing in front of the gates for close to 30 minutes, the crowd surged into the assembly grounds in defiance of the order of the armed security operatives.

Not long after, the party’s leadership drove into the assembly complex and went straight to the entrance of the gallery.

It was at the entrance to the gallery that Mr. Maku, Mr. Iliya and other bigwigs of the party stood on the back of a Toyota Hilux van to address supporters.

Before addressing supporters, the state PDP chairman had handed a solidarity letter to the Clerk of the Assembly, Ego Mai-Keffi, to deliver to the members.

Speaking amidst shouts of PDP slogans, the information minister warned the APC and the executive arm of government against acts of violence and or intimidation against members of the PDP in the state.

Mr. Maku said, “The attack on PDP members must stop. The violence against members of the PDP in the state house of assembly must stop. We want peace but nobody should test our resolve. The PDP members must be strong. The PDP members must be united and must eschew violence.”

Mr. Maku argued that but for the need to set a standard of good conduct, the PDP would have unleashed its supporters against troublemakers in Lafia.

He said the action would have been taken to avenge the recent attack on a vehicle belonging to its lawmaker, as well as the burning of a house belonging to one of its leaders in the state.

Mr. Maku argued that it was counter-productive for the APC to try to block the lawmakers from carrying out their constitutional duties, noting that by organizing a rally in their support, nobody in the state would be left in doubt about the position of the PDP in the ongoing crisis.

He referred to the APC as a party of violence and thuggery, and warned it to remember that the PDP has majority of members in the state.

“Let me make it very clear; if we blow a whistle today, nobody will work in Lafia. If we want tom do what they (APC) are doing, and we blow a whistle, our members will enter Lafia and nobody will be able to work because the majority of people in Lafia belong to PDP,” he said.

On his part, Mr. Doma called on members of the party to close rank and support the state lawmakers to carry out their constitutional responsibilities to the people of the state.

The former governor insisted that the attempt to stop the lawmakers from sitting was illegal, undemocratic and condemnable.

Supporters of the party sang and danced round the assembly complex calling Mr. Al-Makura uncomplimentary names including referring to the governor as representing an endemic Ebola sweeping across the state.

Barely two hours after the PDP moved its rally back to its secretariat along Jos Expressway, the APC brought out its members for a counter rally.

Members of the APC poured water on the streets of Lafia and swept everywhere they went with brooms in a mock attempt to drive the scourge of the PDP away.

While sweeping, the party faithful sang, “Ebola came to town, we must get rid of it. Ebola came to town; we must get rid of it immediately.”

They said the visit of the PDP leaders and their supporters was like an Ebola virus, which they insisted must be washed and swept off the streets of Lafia..

The APC procession moved from Jos Road to the assembly complex and Shendam Road, where they were received by Othman Adam Boss, the House member representing Keffi-West on the platform of the APC.

Mr. Boss oversaw the sweeping of the assembly complex as women and youths chanted loudly in Hausa, “Ebola came to town; we must get rid of it.”

Reacting to allegations made by the PDP, the Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Abdulhameed Kwarra said the executive arm of the government would not join issues with the opposition party.

Mr. Kwarra noted that the executive does not interfere in the constitutional duties of other arms of the government, adding that Mr. Al-Makura had allowed the due process of law to prevail in the impeachment move.

He said, “If they have a problem with the constitution of the panel by the state chief judge, they should go to the court and challenge him. if they have a problem with the verdict of the panel, they should still go to court.

“That is what the law says. They should not try to drag us into any of these things. We will only join issues with them if we are served by a court of competent jurisdiction. If you beat me up, must you also stop me from crying,” he queried.

Security on red alert

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, the Nasarawa State Police spokesperson, Numan Umar, said the command took proactive measures to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order during the counter rallies in the capital city.

Mr. Umar noted that the Police in collaboration with other security agencies in the state provided security for the two parties to organise their rallies in an atmosphere of peace and orderliness.

He said, “If you go through Lafia, you will see the deployment of police and other security agencies manning strategic location in the city. When issues like this happen, we have a joint security committee comprising the Army, the Police, the SSS, the Civil Defence were we put heads together to try to resolve problems. That is why we have not had any major security breaches in the state. As you can see, Lafia is generally peaceful and by the grace of God, it will continue to be peaceful.”

Asked whether the security agencies in the state are ready to take on any breach of security ahead of Monday’s resumption of the state assembly, he said, “We are prepared for any eventuality in the state.”

 


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  • Es3

    The people protesting the impeachment threats against Al-Makura are APC thugs mixed with APC party members while they are busy passing that off as the youths of the whole state?!

    • kiliminati

      and the group lead by lababaran Makut are ? pdp apologist…

    • djay

      WHATEVER, loser

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Have to compliment the police for a job well done in this instance and for preventing the break down of law and order.

    Well done.

    Our political class is definitely an immature class.

  • Ashibogu

    Democracy has brought more sorrows to Nigeria than joy. Discuss. Your answer which must contain not more than 1000 words should reach me on/ before AUGUST 32, 2015. Thanks.

  • The Man

    Hope military guys are watching

    • kiliminati

      who’s the military? they are no more…. they have joined the pdp na…..
      the military is now a department in INEC 🙂

    • redeem

      to overthrow the government because of the lies of APC–the law is very clear on this Nasarawa impeachment saga–it states among other things that no member of a political party should be invited into the panel-the chief judge allowed both APC ati PDP card carrying members to participate in the exercise-

      • Shehu

        HABA REDEEM!!! OH, I REMEMBER YOU ARE A LAWYER, SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NONSENSE (SAN).

        • redeem

          @wahala that is what the law says——no APC no PDP–kalas——–respect for the rule of law-is the key to building a very sound democratic structure in africa—-ati Nigeria—————–not the APC like weak foundation of (I no go greee ooooh i no greee–Na him dey tear shirt—)——at least we saw it happen during the post election riots——-which led to the death of over 1,000 9jas ati 11 youth corpers———or u were in Niger Republic then-so did not witness it life——via the order of buhari———————

          • Shehu

            YOU SEE YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD. I TOLD YOU THIS IS SHEHU,THE FULANI MUSLIM YOU HATE, NOT WAHALA BUT YOU CAN’T COMPREHEND. YOU REALLY NEED A PSYCHIATRIC DOCTOR. WHICH LAW DO YOU KNOW? THE ONLY THING YOU KNOW IS HOW TO DRINK OGOGORO AND START WRITING RUBBISH.

        • Denis_NG

          If Redeem is truly a lawyer, let alone a SAN, then he is a disgrace to the legal profession everywhere!

          • Shehu

            HE IS SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NONSENSE (SAN). YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  • kiliminati

    The military is now a department in INEC 🙂 department of Execution,compliance and enforcement… hehehe..

    • redeem

      Yet the soldiers could not end the boko haram war abi monkey

  • redeem

    Its time PDP is reminded once again that-APC and the janjaweeds in d party thrive on violence-that is why they started with the abduction of the Chibok girls-in Borno state-then the bomb blast against Buharis vehicle–similar to what we saw happen during the Abacha era when buhari was with him in PTF-that was when they assassinated kudirat–then in ACN–Funsho Williams– abacha ati buhari-THREW BOMBS ALL OVER THE LAGOS AND BLAMED IT ON NADECO–U NEVER see APC move from house to hose to campaign-to sell their debt infested manifestos—–to the talakawas——-never—u only see them in areas where blood—-tears and sorrow-flows——————–like vampires———@ kiliminati aka wahala———– if u want executioners in Nigeria–go search for them in APC–Buhari is a first class–executioner-cheers

    • Shehu

      YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE. WHERE ARE THE ABACHAS AND ALMUSTAPHAS NOW? I GUESS, YOU WILL SAY THEY ARE WITH THE DUMBO JONAHARAM. A BIGOTED CREEK BOY KAWAI.

      • 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 His Party complaining? Its like we Nigerians tend to behave as if we have erasable memory when it comes to issues concerning Jonathan-ati PDP

        • Shehu

          SAME STUFF. BRAIN DEAD!

          • redeem

            @wahala———————–dem pour acid for yr eyes——–naaaaaaa–so read———–

      • redeem

        The palm oil that Buhari used in touching them–is flowing down the smelly soul of boko haram ati APC—it was the wife of abacha that even encouraged him to go into politics-for her buhari would have been looking after cows–and chasing wives of his political foes like Obj—ati his sons wife————tinubu and the forgotten grave of his parents in Osun state—————–let him go and pray and ask for forgiveness at the graveside of mama ati his papa-in that sleepy town in osun state

        • djay

          Always fooling yourself, Nigerians can’t be deceived by people like you. you are all losers.

        • Shehu

          YOU DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION. DEAD BRAIN!

  • Mr. Abdin

    It seems the PDP IS GETTING CONFUSED.

    • Ette

      They are not confused but wicked set of people out to destroy Nigeria. The blood of the innocent people they are killing through boko haram, other political killings is upon their heads as they must pay for it. Time is really ticking and their judgment time is here.

      • djay

        Pdp has surely come to end in Nigeria. The are only exhibiting the xracter of a drowning man.Pdp don’t do things by law, they do it their own way which is violence.

    • redeem

      It was the APC-led Osun government that asked for the security men. What the misinformation by Lai has showed is that there is either a disconnect, or it was mischief-intended. Because it was the police that asked that their allowances be paid to them–which again was carried by the entire media outfits in the south west-and when the police does just that–APC begins to read meanings into it-na waya–now its bullion van again–man don tire for this party

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    The last time I checked, Labaran Maku was the spokesperson of the Federal Government of Nigeria. If this report is true, there is no longer any doubt that the Federal Government is behind the show of shame being exhibited by these uninformed lawmakers in Nasarawa State. On the one hand, Mr Maku tells us daily that the Federal Government is doing its best to give Nigerians effective security, peace and welfare; yet the actions of the government we see on ground prove the very contrary just as demonstrated by Mr Maku in Nasarawa State in this report. How can you be instigating trouble and be preaching peace at the same time? Such can only emanate from a hypocrite. There should and can not be a masterminded kangaroo impeachment trial for this Governor who is averagely on the performing side.

    • Foresight

      Sharaaap!!! What do you know about Nasarawa politics. How did Maku preach violence? Do you understand simple English?

  • redeem

    Its time PDP is reminded once again that-APC and the janjaweeds in d party thrive on violence-that is why they started with the abduction of the Chibok girls-in Borno state-then the bomb blast against Buharis vehicle–similar to what we saw happen during the Abacha era when buhari was with him in PTF-that was when they assassinated kudirat–then in ACN–Funsho Williams– abacha ati buhari-THREW BOMBS ALL OVER THE LAGOS AND BLAMED IT ON NADECO–U NEVER see APC move from house to hose to campaign-to sell their debt infested manifestos—–to the talakawas——-never—u only see them in areas where blood—-tears and sorrow-flows——————–like vampires———@ kiliminati aka wahala———– if u want executioners in Nigeria–go search for them in APC–Buhari is a first class–executioner-cheers

    • Abate Dokpu

      Vermin

  • 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 His Party complaining? Its like we Nigerians tend to behave as if we have erasable memory when it comes to issues concerning Jonathan-ati PDP

  • Aminu

    PDP might not win free and fair election in Nassarawa state comes 2015 that is why they embarked on unconstitutional means to impeached the Governor.They are all shameless ,selfish,greedy,unpatriotic set of human beings bent on terrorizing and creating havoc everywhere in the country.PDP have pushed Nigerians to the wall and if care is not taken American prediction of Nigeria’s breakup might come to pass,how I wish these greedy,insane people will love the country better and avoid America’s prediction

  • K

    They call it totalitarian and the Gestapo is out. BEWARE!

  • dudu

    It is so so unfortunate

  • Tahir

    He learnt all that from the Abacha days as madams ADC

  • sir Oscie

    Lovely article Garba… The police force and turned itself into the militant arm of the pdp used to fight oppositions not minding that they are paid with tax payers money.

  • ibrahim

    unbelievable!

  • Edward Osadebay

    So what will the IG do if Jonathan Loses the President election, go on exile?