Jonathan, PDP behind fresh move to impeach Al-Makura – APC

Governor Tanko Al-Makura

The All Progressives Congress [APC] has condemned the renewed plan by the Nasarawa House of Assembly to impeach Gov. Tanko Al-Makura, saying the state lawmakers are bent on thumbing their nose at the Constitution in their desperation to remove the Governor, who has been cleared of the charges against him by a duly constituted impeachment panel.

In a statement issued in Ilorin on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it would amount to an illegality for the lawmakers to draft a pliant Vacation Judge, as it has been reported, to set up another panel to probe the same 16 allegations over which the Governor has been absolved of any wrongdoing.

It said the Constitution is clear that only the Chief Judge of the state can set up such a panel, upon receiving a request from the Speaker of the House of Assembly, hence any attempt to draft a Vacation Judge to set up another panel will mean working against the spirit and letter of the same Constitution that gave the legislature the impeachment power in the first instance.

APC also said Gov. Al-Makura cannot be impeached on the basis of the same allegations, noting that if indeed the lawmakers want to follow the Constitution, they will have to find a new set of alleged impeachable offences against the Governor, notify him appropriately and then forward their request to the Chief Judge, not to a Vacation Judge.
”That this latest move by the legislators, who are now marooned in Abuja instead of their base in Lafia, is being instigated by the PDP is not in doubt, irrespective of the unconvincing and tepid denial from the party. That this illegality is being contemplated under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan is clear for all to see. In fact, it is in line with the culture of lawlessness and impunity for which the Jonathan Administration has now become infamous.

”This is the only reason why the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, from Nasarawa State could be goading the state legislature to disregard the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its avowed determination to remove the Governor, for no reason other than he belongs to the opposition. The Minister is well aware that he is functioning in an atmosphere that encourages impunity, and that the President will not sanction him for encouraging illegality.

”It is also as clear as daylight that the kind of money being dangled at the lawmakers to impeach Gov. Al-Makura at all costs could only have come from a deep purse or a war chest. With almost 30 million Naira and other perks being reportedly offered to each lawmaker just to take out an opposition Governor, it is clear in whose interest and at whose behest such is being done,” the party said.

It said that from Police officer Joseph Mbu, who trampled the Constitution and virtually seized the reins of government during his tenure as the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, to Marilyn Ogar, a supposed spokesperson of the DSS who has now become a spokesperson for the PDP, impunity is the name of the game under the Jonathan Administration.

”The puppeteers of the marooned Nasarawa legislators had better called them to order before they precipitate a Constitutional crisis in the state and do a grievous harm to our democracy. The lawmakers have tried and failed to remove Gov. Al-Makura. Let them now return to Lafia and continue with their constitutional duties. They must give peace a chance,” the APC said.



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  • chidi dozie

    long live lai mohammed, I watched the DSS spokesperson and I was so ashamed to be a Nigerian, she was basically defending the PDP on National television, I am now proud to say that the DSS is the armed wing of the PDP, just like Hamas is the armed wing of the Palestinian people. jona must leave by 2015.

    • redeem

      Can u in your right senses throw some light into the reason behind APC hiring a PR firm in London to launder her jihadist boko haramic image for her?——————-some of u just post comments without giving it a thought abi———Ogar is right—if not why did APC hire the firm to rebrand her janjaweed image——?——————-Yipeeeeeeeeeeee—–read this———-APC, has hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based Public Relations and Public Affairs for an annual fee of $1.2 Million, approximately N200 Million.

      Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers, trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect the APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the P.R firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.————-As if that is not enough he come up with another janjaweed ideas-Allow Lai Mohamed to tell us what the constitution says on the type of people that should be rented to partake in the panel–are they supposed to be card carrying members of any political party–APC always yearns to use illegal methods to achieve their yeye objectives–in Osun it was 14m-bride to DSS-now this lies again—30m for each law maker-let the governor double it for them–now—————animals

      • Idris

        What about Jona dumb that hired an America PR firm, can you also throw more light on why he did that with tax payers money?.$20 billion missing,oil subsidy scam, profound theft, sorry theft is not corruption accord by Jona ( apologies to chief zebrudaya).

        • redeem

          Una see this mumu wahala again–posting comments in the name of his fulani brothers-instead of his usual ibo name—? FGN did not ever deny hiring a PR firm—————–but the point being made here is that weeks after Lai Mohamed castigated the president for hiring a PR firm———APC also launched themselves into renting a PR firm in London to help clean up their janjaweed boko haramic image——hypocrites that is what they–are these AOC fellers in Nigeria—as for the Sanusi-ati his-APC contrived——-20b–rubbish-the said allegations do not hold water–because his tribes men from the fulani North–who were asked in the senate to investigate the said claims made by the assistant cammader of boko haram—————-sanusi——who was installed as emir after beheading akaluka—the Senate discovered the stopry to be the usual big fat lie-s by APC————————–oN aL mAKURA—THE ISSUE IS VERY SIMPLE———-IMPEACH THE ROGUE

          • Idris

            Learn from this Quotation by Anaas Baraya and stand by the truth at all times “Have you not seen that the one who exalts himself with falsehood wishes to give victory to everything he says, even if it is wrong.”


    What in the world is wrong with the PDP and its leaders? Why won’t President Jonathan call his dogs of war to order? Why must the ruling party go after opposition Governors?

    The Nasarawa lawmakers should admit that they have been out-foxed by a smarter Gov. Al-Makura, tuck their tails in between their legs and return to Lafia in shame… await their recall by the voters in their constituencies.

    As for President Jonathan, Osun should have shown him that the power of the people supersedes all the force that a desperate President can muster.

    Nasarawa has provided another reason for Nigerians to vote out this President in 2015!

  • Shareef Mohammed

    The law is trite that where a constitution or statute provides for a particular way of doing a thing, that way alone and more remains the only valid way of doing that thing. The law makers in Nasarawa state must stop deceiving themselves and come to terms with the hard reality that their so called impeachment plan had failed and died a natural death. Am shocked that they went into this adventure without any exit plan or option in order to save their faces. In the firt place, service of the impeachment notice was never effected on each member as required by the constitution before requesting the CJ to set up the committee, that is if the service on the Governor was valid. Again, the CJ, with respect was never suppose to have constituted the committee, reason being that conditions precedent were not met by legislators. Thus, the entire saga is a mess having been predicated on nothing and nobody, no matter how powerful can clothe the illegal process with any iota of legality. Lai Mohammed argument is legally sound and sustainable. A vacation Judge is incompetent to be used to recommence any impeachment. Only the CJ and no more can be involved and not on the basis of the old charges. May the legislators be properly guided. Am from Nasarawa state which is why I took my time to try to guide them aright as a lawyer.

    • Ashibogu

      Let the President be sitting down and looking, apologies to Late Chief Bola Ige. If he is not careful the National Assembly will soon get a vacation judge from the Supreme Court to start impeachment moves against him. What he is doing is dangerous. I am pretty sure if an impeachment move is initiated against him, he will have no one to speak for him. He should learn from El- Malaki of Iraq. The same way Aso Rock is behaving so El-Malaki behaved. He was warned to stop destabilising Iraq but he refused. See how he ended up.

    • redeem

      PC Governor Murtala Nyako was Impeached a day ago by PDP led members of Adamawa State House of Assembly. Many observers including the opposition APC has been pointing fingers to President Jonathan and the PDP for being the mastermind. However, let us go memory lane and analyse the “Deeds” of Former Lagos State Governor and APC leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards his estranged political subordinates- Specifically His Deputies.

      1. 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?
      You people should stop making Tinubu look like a demi-god. APC is not owned by Tinubu