Nasarawa PDP distances Jonathan from Al-Makura’s planned impeachment

The PDP said it considers APC’s allegation as laughable and unfounded.

The Nasarawa State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Yunana Illiya, has denied the allegation by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the presidency and the PDP was behind the impeachment plot against the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

Speaking with reporters in Lafia on Thursday, Mr. Illiya said the allegation was laughable, and unfounded.

“It is unfortunate that people are bringing sentiments into (the impeachment issue). What (the lawmakers) have done is their constitutional right, to probe the happenings in the state, and if there are areas where they have discovered irregularities, they have the right to inform the governor of these grey areas and ask him to clear himself,” Mr. Illiya said.

He stressed that the constitution had empowered the state Assembly to go on oversight functions, to check state records periodically to see whether the rules were strictly adhered to or not. This, according to him, was happening not only in Nasarawa State, but in every state of the federation.

“If the allegation against him is proven wrong, he will continue in his office as the governor of Nasarawa State. But for somebody to say that the (Presidential) Villa or the PDP at the national level is responsible for this, I think they are being economical with the truth,” he said.

On the allegation that the President was only targeting opposition governors, Mr. Illiya said, “We are all aware of what happened between 2005 to 2006 – the then President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration – when there were cases like this, where the Plateau State governor was impeached; that was between PDP and PDP. (The same) happened in Bayelsa. It depends on the level of violation that we are working with.

“If some other state assemblies are rubber stamps of their executive, Nasarawa State assembly is not a rubber stamp. Even in an assessment that was carried out between 2012 and 2013 of state legislatures, Nasarawa State was ranked among the best state assembly in the country. They have been able to pass bills and motions well ahead of other states. So, for people to judge the assembly, saying it is doing this because the governor is from APC – that is very far from (the truth). My dad used to say, “This too shall pass,” he said.

Mr. Al-Makura is a member of the APC while the Assembly is dominated by the PDP.

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