Nasarawa Impeachment: Assembly makes u-turn, sends legal representation to panel‎

Tanko Almakura, Nassarawa State Governor

The Assembly had initially vowed not to appear before the panel.

Barely 24 hours after the Nasarawa State House of Assembly vowed not to appear before the seven-member panel investigating impeachment charges against Governor Umaru Al-Makura, the Assembly made a u-turn and sent a six-man legal team to represent it before the panel.

The team lead by Ocha Ulegede has John Mathew, P. A. Daffi, Steven Idikwu, Ache Obande and Abraham Aruta as members.

The legal team arrived the venue of the sitting around 8.45 a.m. and took the seats marked for the state assembly.

The Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Information, Baba Ibaku, had on Monday said the lawmakers would not appear before the panel because of alleged constitutional breach by the Chief Judge (CJ), Suleiman Dikko, in the composition of the panel.

“I have said earlier that this panel is on its own. They are just a busy body. If the governor likes, let him appear and present his response but the report will not be submitted to Assembly. ‎It is a panel of the CJ.”

The panel, led by Yusuf Usman, had on Monday given the Assembly till Tuesday (today) to appear before it.

Before Monday’s adjournment, the counsel to Governor Al-Makura, Noruka Udechukwu, had drawn the attention of the panel to paragraph 7 subsection c of its guidelines which states that “where the House of Assembly fails or neglects to appear and lead evidence in proof of allegations, the panel upon proof of service may dismiss the allegation.”

The panel, set up by the chief judge, is investigating the 16-count charge of gross misconduct the Assembly accused Mr. Al-Makura of.

Details later…


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  • Wähala

    Mba nu. Dem for no appear. Today would have meant expiration date on their outdated impeachment notice…
    In the end, it serves no one that allegations were not followed to its logical conclusion by confronting the Governor while at this same time, giving him the opportunity to refute them. The decision of the panel remains topic for another day… Hahaha. chei!

    • redeem

      How can he the governor- refute the said allegations of corruption levelled against him by the House-when he refused to be served the impeachment notice–thus forcing the lawmakers to do that via the media——(Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has FILED a suit at the State High Court challenging the State House of Assembly for serving him an impeachment notice through the media). –

      • Wähala

        But he appeared before the panel yesterday…
        The lawsuit is a technicality just to rub it into those shameless lawmakers that they abused the Constitution. Shamelss PDP goats, I thought they said the panel doesn’t exist as long as they’re concerned… dem for no show nah. Ediots who should have collected their brown envelope from Dumbo and just gone through the motions. Clowns like you! The Governor should be impeached if he’s corrupt… likewise corrupt Dumbo!

        • usman ahmed

          Mr Wahala, So are you telling us that AL-Makura is not guilty ? Cuz i didn’t really get your point, you were just insulting everything and everybody.
          How did the lawmakers abuse the constitution ?

          • Wähala

            Can’t you understand what you’ve read? I said, “the Governor should be impeached if he’s corrupt”.
            By not serving the impeachment notice in person… but, let’s hear from the court, I’m no lawyer!

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Shame on them! They have seen the handwriting on the wall.

  • usman ahmed

    We should be well informed before trading abuses. The legal reps that were sent ,were to go and contest and challenge the establishment of the panel which the HOA members have adjudged to be bias and selected based on sentiments and most of them were alleged to be on the pay-roll of the governor. The did not appear for the hearing.

  • Spoken word

    The Nassarawa state house of Assembly are completely incompetent. They obviously don’t know their heads from their backside.