The newly-instated governor of Adamawa state, Bala Ngilari, has praised state lawmakers for impeaching his former boss, ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, eventually paving the way for him to be governor.
Mr. Ngilari said Thursday that the legislators were merely doing their work.
Mr. Ngilari’s comments came a day after a court ordered that he be sworn in as governor to replace Umar Fintiri, who was the acting governor.
Mr. Fintiri took charge after Mr. Nyako’s ouster in July.
The new governor, Mr. Ngilari, was the deputy under Mr. Nyako. He was also booted out of office until the court order Wednesday.
Messrs Nyako and Ngilari remained close although they belonged to different political parties.
In his reaction to the court ruling Wednesday, Mr. Nyako congratulated his former deputy and said he believed the court would eventually reinstate him as governor of the northeast state.
But as he officially took charge Thursday, with a visit to the state office of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Ngilari expressed gratitude to members of the State House of Assembly for performing their “legislative duties” by removing his former boss from office.
The governor said he found no fault in the removal of Mr. Nyako from office because the lawmakers were simply doing their duties.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank most especially the Adamawa House of Assembly who performed their legislative duties that led to the removal of my former boss and by the divine arrangement of God, I am the new governor of Adamawa state,” he said.
“I pray that those I offended should forgive me and I also forgive those who offended me. Therefore we must now work together as a family, l can’t claim to be an island and I need your advice to forge the state ahead,” he said.
In his reaction, the state PDP chairman, Joel Madaki, said he was not favourably disposed to Mr. Ngilari before now, but said when God says yes, no one can say no.
He said the governor’s emergence was an act of God.
He said the state PDP must abide by every bit of the constitution of Nigeria as it has now confirmed Mr. Ngilari as the governor of Adamawa state.
“This is your house, PDP is one party but uses different baton to execute their duties. The leadership of the PDP is fully on ground for you. Talk to us,” he said.
Responding on behalf the state assembly members, Salisu Kabilo, representing Verre state Constituency, noted that the lawmakers will be loyal to the new governor and also called on the people of the state to support the new administration.