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Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014

Impeachment: Adamawa lawmaker’s procedures illegal – Dep gov

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

The Adamawa state deputy Governor, Barrister Bala James Ngillari has described the impeachment plot against him as faulty, unconstitutional, null and void with no substance in lawmaker’s allegations.

Barrister Ngillari made the position known at a press briefing held at his office yesterday, saying the notice of impeachment came to him as a surprise because he only heard of it on the media and nobody intimating him about such move personally.

He insisted that, up to this moment, no personal service of the impeachment notice was effected on him even though he has travelled to overseas for medical checkup and that the Constitution requires physical service within seven (7) days which has elapsed .

“The impeachment process has enable me to know the character of people because my problem was I trusted everybody in every circumstance we found ourselves”, he decried.

The Deputy Governor added that as a lawyer, publication of impeachment notice on a public officer holder in the mass media is unconstitutional, null and void and urged the Adamawa lawmakers to avail themselves of the relevant laws guiding such moves.

“In as much as I will not want to comment much on the allegations leveled against me in the impeachment notice, let me state in unequivocal terms that the whole allegations are vague and lack substance”. He stressed

According to him, the whole impeachment exercise were hatched by some big wigs of Adamawa State extraction within the PDP, based in Abuja, regretting that such a group of persons were all out to destroy the state with their selfish antics.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, has asserted that the house has not found Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Barrister Bala James Ngilari, to respond to the allegations of Gross Misconduct leveled against them.

In a statement issued in Yola, a copy made available to Journalists, disclosed that the house is constrained to invoke relevant provisions of the constitution to embark on  two- third majority of the house and subsequently resolve, without debate for further investigation by the Chief Judge of Adamawa State as required by the constitution to constitute a Seven man panel of investigation whose findings must be submitted to the house.

According to him, the governor is yet to provide a statement in reply to the allegations and not under any obligation to do so by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution.

The Speaker declared that in accordance with the provision of section 188 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria,1999 ( as amended), has as a matter of urgent public importance, the Governor and members of the public were dully notified and the notice of allegations of Gross misconduct was published in several national daily newspapers.

Fintiri declared that the Legislature, as an arm of government, was only exercising powers as provided in the Nigerian constitution, to further strengthen democracy and for the purpose of checks and balances among the three arms of government nor an act of victimization of any member of the executive arm of government.

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