Impeachment: Adamawa lawmakers demanded N2 billion bribe from Nyako – APC

Governor Murtala Nyako

The Assembly denies allegation, says party is ignorant

The Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged that the State House of Assembly demanded N2 billion constituency allowances from the former governor of the state, Murtala Nayko as a condition for halting his impeachment.

The party alsoalleged that the lawmakers collected N350 million upfront from the governor, but still went ahead to impeach him.

The chairman of the APC in the state, Binta Garba, made the allegations at a press conference in Yola, the state capital, while giving insight into the political crisis that culminated in the removal of Mr. Nyako last Tuesday.

But in a swift reaction, the Assembly denied the allegations, saying the APC chairman was ignorant of the statements credited to her.

The former governor, who is a member of the APC, was impeached by 18 of the 25 members of the House dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The lawmakers claimed the former governor is guilty of the 16 allegations of gross misconduct against him.

His deputy, Bala Ngilari, resigned his position in controversial circumstances.

The Speaker, Umaru Fintiri, was subsequently sworn in as acting governor.

Mrs. Garba explained that Mr. Nyako could only afford N1 billion out of the N2 billon demanded by the lawmakers and that the governor gave them N350 million, but they still went ahead to impeach him.

She condemned the PDP for masterminding the impeachment of the former governor and alleged that it was a ploy to coerce the opposition into joining the party.

She described the impeachment as “ill motivated, ill- timed, vindictive, illegal and immoral”.

Mrs, Garba, a three-time member of the House of Representatives, also said the impeachment process was
legally flawed on several fronts, as the notice was not personally served on the governor in line with the requirements of the country’s constitution and ruling of the Supreme Court.

According to the APC chairman, despite a subsisting court order issued by the state acting Chief Judge restraining the state legislature from proceeding with the issue pending the determination of the case, the same acting Chief Judge went ahead to set up a panel to investigate the allegations in direct contravention of his earlier order which he had not vacated.

“This and other illegalities send dangerous signals of the manipulation of the judiciary for narrow political objectives” she said.

“If the judiciary is not insulated from party politics, but rather allows itself to be used to subvert democratic values, the country stands the risk of sliding into anarchy”

Mrs. Garba noted that as a result of the desperation by the PDP for power before the 2015 general elections, it had been using the instruments of government to coerce the people in order to allow itself to be used to
subvert democratic values.

She warned that the country stands the risk of sliding into anarchy.

“Had Nyako remained in the PDP, would he have been impeached? This abuse of power against the opposition is pernicious, selfish, ill-motivated and dangerous for Nigeria’s democracy.” she added.

The chairman said the destruction of the opposition in Nigeria, even if it were possible, would inevitably lead to the destruction of democracy itself as it happened in several countries.

She said the development had made PDP to be perceived as ruthless, unscrupulous and anti-democratic political party bent on retaining power in 2015 at all cost – fair or foul.

The spokesman of the Adamawa state Assembly, Adamu Kamale denied the allegations. He refused to give details, but instead claimed that the APC chairman was ignorant of all the statements she made.

Prodded to speak further, Mr. Kamale promised to do so after consultations with the House leadership.


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  • Wähala

    It was a case of the highest bidder…
    If Nyako gave them N350million upfront, he deserved to be impeached for bribing Lawmakers. But, if the APC can prove the PDP “outbid them” with so-so amount, then, bribe-takers should also be recalled. That’s what Bad Belle politics can lead to, a system wrapped in a merry-go-round of corruption will inevitably consume the target and the arsonist, the PDP!

    • redeem

      A chieftain of the APC, who does not want his name in print since he is not the spokesman of the party and owing to the role he is currently playing in reclaiming the mandate, told our correspondent that in all honesty, it is difficult to defend Nyako. He said: “The issues were germane and stared people bare on the face. We could only advise him to run away and refused to be served the notice of impeachment. That was the best we could do for him.

      “I can tell you that except for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, there was no other leader that was ready to come to his aide including General Muhammadu Buhari.

      “Nyako was responsible for his impeachment, let me tell you how it began. Nyako was not popular as governor of Adamawa while he was in PDP and this had really helped other parties like CPC, and ACN and when the merger came to be, we stood our ground that Nyako should not join us. But the APC leaders at the centre insisted that we should receive him. We reluctantly accepted him but his coming to our party is a liability rather than an asset, his coming to the party has led many to defect back to the PDP.

      “When his problems began, he was not listening to anyone and we left him to himself. He ran the government as a family estate and when the members were after him, everyone left him in the cold. But when it became obvious that he would be impeached, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar ran to one of our leaders, whom we have regard for, Engineer BD Lawal asking him to seek General Buhari’s intervention but General Buhari refused because of his integrity and credibility.

      “He told BD Lawal that he would have intervened if Nyako’s offence has nothing to do with misappropriation and embezzlement. He told him I still have my name to protect. It was at this juncture we all gave up on Nyako,” he explained.

      Speaking further, the source explained how Nyako acted against the advice given to him at home against asking for the extension of the tenure of the Acting Chief Judge, Ambrose Mammadi, adding that it was the extension that cost him his job.

      According to him: “Before the impeachment began, we warned Nyako against extending the tenure of Mammadi and while we were happy that the Acting Judge tenure would expire before the inauguration of the panel, we did not know that Nyako had ask

  • paul preston

    I fear this apc people just no sense of shame so the saintly gov actually bribed the state assembly men?this is madness you mean the man doled out 1 bn to just 18 guys,wow those guys are lucky and rich and they still impeached him. it only shows why the man should have been removed like 3yrs ago,i see why he cannot commission a single project in his 7yrs plus stay in power he was just sharing money to people the more reason apc celebrated him.what a shame of a grandfather and yet he was still marying 18 to 25yr olds,this man could be senile he sure needs a psychiatric check.i awaits the Liar’s reply to this i mean muhammed the liar,he has to put this thing in perspective so that we can understand better.A group of clowns wants to take over power just to sit and share the loot but they claim to be fighting for the masses perhaps they take us for a bunch of (m)asses

    • Broodyn

      True talk Paul, the fact that he tried to give them the bribe in the first place instead of reporting them to EFCC shows that he is of a questionable character.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Shameless Assembly. The impeachment breached all constitutional stipulations and will not stand!

    • Broodyn

      Well it stood.

    • Broodyn

      …and it was constitutional by all means.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Time will tell!

        May God save our lives

  • Ijeuwa

    NIGERIA IS A FULL BLOWN KLEPTOCRACY!!!

  • Truthometer

    Governance by extortion. Welcome to Nigeria of Goodluck Jonathan. What a country?

  • Yakubu Musa

    In law,both the giver n taker of bribe are guilty of d same offence.2.Where is Nyako now 2 throw more light on this allegation.3.Y did he give d N350M n where did he get d money 4rm?Who,where n when did d money change hands?N 4 d record,if somebody is evading to be serve a court notice,he can be served thru other means e.g.through d print media.That is wat our constitution stipulates.Madam chrman,spare us this pls

  • Truthnodeydie

    Medicine after death. The fact that the party agreed that Nyako bribed the legislators is enough reason to impeach him. I am not from Adamawa, but knowing the mentality of our military men there is no doubt that Nyako must have run Adamawa like a garrison commander. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Wise Head

    I thought it was GEJ that removed him, how come the Adamawa lawmakers were demaning N2 billion to spare him? Would they have defied GEJ’s ‘order’ APC has diarrhea of the mouth

  • bonifacejoe

    If he, Nyako coughs out n1b out of the N8b he was said to embezzled, what is wrong with it? Adamawa State money for Adamawa Assemblymen. But for a man of his statues to condescend to that level, he needs to be condemned to death.

  • Suralab

    Now who is the thief? it is now glaring that pdp lawmakers that facilitated the impeachment of Nyako are the real thief