Nasarawa Impeachment: Tension in Lafia as self-exiled PDP lawmakers storm return

Governor Tanko Al-Makura

Palpable tension has gripped Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, after the Peoples Democratic Party’s lawmakers in the  state House of Assembly, who fled the state weeks ago, returned in a long vehicles of cars led by siren blaring outriders.

The legislators, who fled the state in the thick of the failed impeachment move against Governor Tanko Al-Makura, arrived from their self-imposed exile two weeks after the Assembly was scheduled to resume [August 4] after a short break.

The lawmakers moved to Abuja following a gale of protests across the state after the commencement of impeachment proceeding against the governor.

But they arrived in style on Monday, driving into the Assembly complex around 9.30 a.m   in a convoy of over 17 vehicles. They were escorted by security operatives.

Few minutes before their arrival, 17 Hilux vans, packed with armed security operatives, had descended on the Assembly complex.

A police  Armoured Personnel Carrier was also stationed in the premises.

The lawmakers, upon arrival, were welcomed and cheered by hundreds of  supporters at the state secretariat  of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) along Jos road.

At the time of filling this report, the lawmakers were still holding executive session and are expected to hold plenary afterwards.

The lawmaker’s next move against Governor Al-Makura is unclear. But there have been reports that the PDP legislators were bent on removing the governor from office even after the investigative panel that probed allegations of gross misconduct against him cleared him.

Mr. Al-Makura’s party, the All Progressives Congress [APC] had on Sunday condemned the renewed plan by the Assembly to impeach the governor, saying the state lawmakers were bent on thumbing their nose at the Constitution in their desperation to remove  Mr. Al-Makura.

More to come later ….


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  • Somi

    Perhaps it’s time for him to actually defend himself and prove himself totally not guilty of all the allegations and not just merely discharging the case as it appeared.

  • Johnson Omale

    They should be ashamed of themselves. The probe panel was not set up by the Governor therefore, these law breakers should leave him alone. In fact, the good people of Nasarawa state should stand firmly against this nonsense.

  • charles

    charlatans…its only in GEJ country do we see these type of rascality and briganande…all before tax payers security officers…shame to this president and his party…these lawmakers are laboring in vain…fools!

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    This goes to confirm that our security agencies have been compromised into partiality. Seventeen Hilux Vans filled with security personnel to escort and protect (from Abuja) a group of lawmakers on an illegitimate mission!! Where do we go from here?

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    These guys have shot themselves by blindly following Jonathans orders without consulting their people. Now that they need police protection for their people would go after them how would they seek for election since it is now Nassarawa people vs State Assembly? I petty them for they are out politically. I advise them to make judicious use of the money they collected to effect the impeachment.

  • AGA

    GEJ’s inability to make tough calls helped BH grow this big in the first place. Successful leaders are always prepared to make tough calls.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Beautiful article my dear. I cry for Nigerians. Sadly many of them are UNAWARE of their pathetic state for they are just too busy raking rice and sand from the exploded ‘donated rice sacks’ from PDP Largesse. There is a lot of mending and National healing to be carried out after we would have seen the backside of this horror of a government exit in quick time. It is most sad for our ministers and Pastors for their ungodly role in this saga. More so, for our youth that have no idea what horror they have lived through and survived these 15 years in the hand of PDP pathetic bunch and how our treasury has been so drained that any government that comes in is going to demand more belt tightening from them. What we do not need after this election, is someone that minimizes the crime of stealing, because it is not “corruption”.
    Let those who have ears, hear!

  • otapete

    Very uncanny, point by point you expantiated the way a freeborn Yoruba thinks. O ki nse Omo ale. Was pe fun wa.

  • Preco01

    Ka’re Omoluabi, May your pen never lack ink.