From Ali Abare Abubakar, Abuja & Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state has described the dismissal of the 16-count allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him by members of the state assembly, “as a victory for the people.”
The 7-man panel constituted by the state Chief Judge to investigate him, had earlier yesterday dismissed the charges against the governor as reported by this paper yesterday.
Al-makura stated this in a state-wide broadcast, shortly after he was cleared by the panel yesterday in Lafia.
The governor noted that though the impeachment process has been a distraction to the state, the people of the state should take it as their contribution to the development of constitutional democracy and the rule of law.
“Accordingly, I further appeal to all citizens to remain law abiding and pursue their lawful businesses without let or hindrance as the outcome of the Panel’s exercise is indeed a victory for the People of Nasarawa state, and our democracy” Al-makura stated.
Earlier, chairman of the panel, Yusuf Shehu Usman, while clearing Al-makura of all the allegations said the panel did not found any proof of each and every of the 16-count allegations levelled against the Governor.
“Having considered and dismissed the misconduct and breach of the 1999 constitution by the Nasarawa state House of Assembly and having found no merit in each allegation the panel finally therefore, dismissed the allegations’’ Usman further declared.
The chairman stated that the panel would submit its report to the speaker of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, stressing that it had carried out its duties in compliance with Section 188 (8) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as (amended).
In an earlier submission, lead counsel to Governor Al-makura, Chief Udechukwu Nnoruka Udechukwu, urged the panel to dismiss all the allegations canvassed in the notice of impeachment against Al-makura because the House failed to prove their allegations.
Chief Udechukwu, who quoted Section 188 (8) and citing Supreme Court judgment, prayed the panel to dismiss all the 16 allegations for failure of the state House of Assembly to prove their allegations.
Meanwhile, following the dismissal of the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Governor Al-makura by the 7-man panel constituted to investigate the charges, members of the state House of assembly are set to resume tomorrow.
Peoples Daily gathered from reliable sources that the lawmakers are set to resume sitting at the Assembly complex, in Lafia, at the end of their recess tomorrow.
The source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the lawmakers met briefly yesterday afternoon with the former governor of the state, Aliyu Akwe Doma at a hotel in Abuja, were the lawmakers were said to have disagreed among themselves over their failure to appear before the 7-man panel investigating the allegations of gross misconduct against Al-makura.
The source further confirmed that Mr. Labaran Maku, the Minister for Information, has asked the lawmakers to stop using his name as one of their backers, just as the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is set to begin a probe of the lawmakers on how the subsidy funds were expended.