“For the over seven years of its being in power, it brought the state to its knees – economically, politically, infrastructurally and security wise”.
A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and former governorship aspirant in Adamawa state, Umar Ardo, has stated that Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngilari, deserve the impeachment plot being hatched against them by the State House of Assembly.
The Adamawa State House of Assembly, had on Wednesday directed its clerk to serve Messrs. Nyako and Ngilari impeachment notices. The Assembly is accusing the duo of gross misconduct.
Mr. Ardo who issued a statement on Saturday in Abuja said the Nyako/Ngilari administration deserves to be removed because it destroyed Adamawa state.
“For the over seven years of its being in power, it brought the state to its knees – economically, politically, infrastructurally and security wise,” he said
He also accused the administration of exacerbating social and political tension in the state through its deliberate policies of
creating ethnic and religious distrusts and conflicts amongst the different groups in the state.
“The regime also has entrenched the culture of impunity, unconstitutionality, lawlessness, corruption, nepotism, favouritism, discrimination, and self-service in governance. It is killing patriotism and sense of community in our society. No people of good standing should tolerate such a leadership for a day, if they can help it,” he said.
Mr. Ardo said Mr. Nyako should have been out of office as far back as July 2008 when the first impeachment notice was served the governor.
“In fact, the main reason why I objected the party’s directives that all PDP governors be returned unopposed in 2011, including Nyako, in return for their support for the President was because of my conviction that as far as Adamawa state was concerned, this was a wrong decision.
“I argued then that the party should treat candidates on their individual merits and states on their peculiarities; that Nyako was no good to the party and will turn out to be a liability both to the state and the party. I made these points in several party fora including one before the party stakeholders where the President, the Vice President, the party National Chairman, NWC Members, Nyako himself, etc., were all present.
“But the powers that be then brushed my arguments aside and went ahead and threw their support behind the Nyako/Ngilari ticket. Thank God today I am thoroughly vindicated,” Mr. Ardo said.
He urged the legislators to hasten the process of impeachment so that fresh elections would be held.
“Once they are removed now, the Speaker takes over as Acting Governor and elections be conducted within 3 months. That would put Adamawa on a clean slate; perhaps we may be able to rise again.
“I therefore call on the Hon. Members to conclude the process methodically and not relapse again and disappoint our people as the Hon. James Barka-led House did in 2008.
“I also call on all patriotic Adamawa people to support this effort.
This exercise has no religious or ethnic coloration; it is for the sake of the future of all Adamawa indigenes and that of our children.
Our people should not let anybody tell them otherwise,” he said.