The petitioners asked the Speaker to cause or commence immediate investigation into the financial inducement allegation.
As the political crisis between Governor Murtala Nyako, his deputy, Bala Ngillari, and the Adamawa State lawmakers over impeachment moves continue to deepen, a pressure group has threatened to file contempt of court suit against the lawmakers, while another has asked the National Assembly to take over the legislative functions of the Adamawa Assembly.
A former PDP chairman in the state, who is also a former member of the State Assembly, Mijinyawa Kugama, and some other ‘concerned citizens’ have threatened to file contempt suit against the state legislators following the Assembly’s alleged defiance of a court order stopping them from
publishing impeachment notice in newspapers.
The threat came at the time some other citizens called on the National Assembly to take over the state Assembly. They alleged financial inducement to impeach Governor Nyako .
In a three-paged petition addressed and sent through courier to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and signed by James Musa, the group referred to a news item captioned “War Drums in Adamawa state” said to have been published in one of the dailies on May 28.
In the petition, a copy of which was sent to journalists, the group relied on the said newspaper publication, alleging that Adamawa lawmakers collected financial inducement to impeach the state governor.
The petitioners, therefore, urged the federal lawmakers to urgently take over legislative functions in Adamawa to forestall breakdown of law and order.
“As can be inferred from the publication there were strong speculations then that the Adamawa State House of Assembly had mobilized with a view to impeach Governor Murtala Nyako having been financially induced to do so by a sitting governor in one of the states from the Niger Delta.
“Unfolding events have eventually proved these speculations to be potentially true as the Adamawa House of Assembly has eventually issued notice to that effect already.
“Now Honorable Speaker Sir, while the constitution has provided that no organ of government, including our hallowed courts can interfere in such proceedings, it is also open knowledge that the courts have successfully reversed both concluded and ongoing cases of impeachment base on procedural irregularities, including one such attempt on an immediate past governor here in the state”.
The petition further reads, “We are also certain Honourable Speaker that you will agree that no irregularity can be more grave and unacceptable than the acceptance of money by legislators either to pass legislations (no matter how desirable they are) or much worst to remove an elected governor”.
The petitioners asked the Speaker and the National Assembly to invoke relevant sections of the constitution of Nigeria, which empowers them to suspend and to also takeover legislative activities of any erring state Assembly, on the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
They requested the Speaker to cause or commence immediate investigation into the financial inducement allegation and to also identify the governor from the Niger Delta so as to have him punished for diverting public funds.
Commenting on the lawmakers’ defiance of the court ruling that dismissed their application of substituted service, Mr. Kugama said the desperation of the state legislators amount to a mockery of the principle of the separation of powers.
He advised them to sheathe their sword and allow the state move forward.