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Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

Al-makura: Assembly asks CJ to raise probe panel

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Gov-Al-makuraBy Ali Abare Abubakar

Twenty members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA), all belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held an executive session amidst tight security where they directed the state Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the charges leveled against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura.

The lawmakers, our reporter learnt left Abuja at around 1 am yesterday and were conveyed to Lafia in a convoy under tight security, arriving in Lafia at around 4 am where they waited until around 6 am when the lawmakers entered into the assembly complex to sit.

Following a resolution reached by the 20 members, excluding the four lawmakers belonging to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), who were denied access to the chamber by their colleagues, Speaker of the House, Ahmed Musa Mohammed, directed the Chief Judge of the state to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Al-makura.

A large crowd of largely sympathizers of Governor Al-makura who turned up to protest against the action of the legislators were however prevented from gaining access to the assembly complex, with scores of stern looking security operatives barricading a section of the Lafia/Shendam road.

Security at the assembly complex was heightened with an Armoured Personnel Car stationed by the entrance while heavily armed security men patrolled the perimeter surrounding the state assembly.

Umar Tanko Tunga (APC, Awe), speaking on behalf of the four APC lawmakers, described the conduct of the 20 lawmakers as unacceptable as according to him, the lawmakers have transcended the limits of the law and are presently holding the people of the state hostage.

“We the people of the state are saying we are not interested in impeaching our Governor. Let them know that if they go ahead with their action, the people will be forced to make a statement” a visibly angry Tunga told journalists in front of the assembly complex.

In a related, the Nasarawa state government has issued a statement stating its position on the matter.

Signed by Abdulhamid Kwarra, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, said as an administration guided by the rule of law, it is ready to respond adequately to the demands of the assembly but in as much as such action is hinged on constitutionality and the due process.

The statement however maintained that Governor Al-makura is yet to be personally served with the impeachment notice, even as it described the conduct of the lawmakers as predetermined, premeditated and tailored towards achieving a goal.

The SSA warned that the people of the state will strongly resist any attempt by the lawmakers to remove a development-centred governor.


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