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Published On: Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014

Al-makura impeachment troubles, a local issue, says PDP

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Gov-Al-makuraBy Lawrence Olaoye

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the impeachment threat facing the Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-makura, as a local issue urging him to stop pointing accusing finger to either the party of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, advised All-makura to face his problems with his people instead of engaging in APC’s out-worn antics of blaming the Presidency and the PDP for their self-inflicted woes.

According to the party, the governor should look inwards and find answers to his challenges as the chief executive of his state instead of promoting trite excuses of external influences, sponsoring of protests, threatening and unleashing thugs against the state legislators, steps the PDP said will not solve the problem.

Restating that it has no hands in the political development in Nasarawa state, the PDP said the impeachment move against Governor Al-Makura remains a local issue in the state adding that the provisions of the laws and constitution of the nation are very clear on such processes.

“Nigerians may recall that at the wake of the impeachment move in Narasawa state, we came out clearly to restate our non-involvement in the saga and went ahead to charge our lawmakers across the country to ensure that their actions are strictly guided by the provisions of the law. We have also severally challenged the governor and the APC to provide evidence of the alleged involvement of the Presidency or the PDP in the crisis.

“However, we are shocked that instead of focusing on finding answers for his problems which must be connected with the bad governance that has characterized APC-led administrations in the country, the Nasarawa state governor has declared war on the lawmakers, while unleashing APC thugs to attack them and stop them from carrying out their constitutional duties.

“We are taken aback by the series of unfounded allegations, insults, blackmails and threats sponsored against the Presidency and the PDP, all in the bid to subvert constitutional provisions, undermine democratic institutions and ultimately establish a reign of impunity in the state as obtainable in other APC states.

“Our advice to the APC and Nasarawa state governor is that in as much as neither the PDP nor the Presidency is involved in the impeachment saga, resorting to baseless allegations, cheap blackmails, threats and violence against the state legislature, the PDP and the Presidency will not help them.

“We restate our position that in a democracy, the rule of law and the will of the people expressed through the provisions of the law remain paramount and must be adhered to at all times.

“Governor Al-Makura and the APC must understand that the issue at stake is not a matter of political sentiments and threats, neither is it a matter of sponsoring protests and media propaganda, but that of democracy, accountability and the provisions of the laws and the constitution”, the party said.

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