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Published On: Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

Impeachment: I won’t appear before probe panel – Nyako vows

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Gov.-Murtala-NyakoBy Ese Awhotu with agency report

The embattled Adamawa state governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako has vowed not to appear before the seven-member investigative panel set up by the immediate-past Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi that will resume sitting today, in Yola.

The governor made this vow just as the panel set up to investigate allegations against him and his deputy, Mr. James Ngilari, secured a new venue for its sitting, after been thrown out by several hotels and organizations within Yola.

Nyako spoke through his Director of Press and Public Relations, Ahmad Sajoh, according to agency report. The governor said, he had no intention of honouring any invitation by the panel because “it is an illegal body which has no basis in law.”

He said, “They are not supposed to paste the notice. They are supposed to serve it. Besides, the panel was illegally constituted because those behind it ignored a subsisting court order.

“The composition of the committee itself is faulty indicted persons as well as card carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party are among the panelists.”

Nyako who was in Abuja to attend the inauguration of the Steering Committee of the Safe School Initiative at the Presidential Villa, told State House correspondent’s that the situation was under control.

He told reporters that the matter had not reached a point where he would call on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.

When asked to confirm if he had been trying to reach out to the President for his intervention, the embattled governor simply said, “Not yet. It has not reached that crisis point.”

The governor, however, said he would not hesitate to seek Jonathan’s assistance whenever he felt the need to do so.

“We have supported him (the President) all this time; he has supported us and in situations like these, when Mr. President’s support is required, we will seek it,” he said.

When confronted with media reports that two former leaders had approached the President on his behalf, Nyako simply said, “That will be excellent!”

He expressed the belief that the lawmakers would follow due process in their activities since issues bordering on the impeachment move were already in court.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State medical and health workers union of Nigeria has turned down their earlier offer of a venue for the 7-man investigative panel yesterday.

It could be recalled that on Wednesday, the panel’s secretary, Barrister Binanu R. Esthon has signed an invitation pasted on the main entrance of both Government House, Yola and deputy governor’s office inviting the governor and his deputy to appear before the panel at the former address (State Secretariat of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, along army barracks road, Jimeta Yola).

A new address as given by the panel’s secretary is now the Conference hall of Federal Secretariat, Yola, and that all other information on the earlier invitation remain the same.

Meanwhile, the panel which announced today, July 11, as its commencement sitting, has served Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngillari with notice of hearing by pasting it on the entrance of the Government House.




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