- Impeachment not Jonathan’s handiwork-party official
By Lawrence Olaoye
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday asserted that those belly aching over the impeachment of the Adamawa state governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako, are not from the state.
This is coming as the party’s National Auditor, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju has warned the opposition to stop linking President Goodluck Jonathan with the impeachment of the Adamawa state governor and the ongoing moves to remove his Nasarawa state counterpart, Alhaji Tanko Al-makura.
The party in a statement by his National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, argued that those having sleepless nights over the impeachment were not indigenes of Adamawa, rather selfish APC leaders from other states benefiting from syphoned resources of Adamawa people.
“Instead of engaging in unfounded claims, the APC leaders should be humble and honest enough to look inwards and seek answers as to why the entire people of Adamawa state rejected the former Governor and why the acclaimed mobilization of APC, including visits by some of their governors, failed to save him. The APC should ask why Nyako’s removal was greeted by jubilations by the people as such do not happen when good leaders suffer such fate.
“We wish to note that this is not unconnected with the maladministration that characterized the APC-led government of former Governor Nyako, the details of which Nigerians now know as well as the fact that the impeached governor bluntly refused to offer explanations despite being given ample opportunity to do so in line with constitutional provisions,” he stated.
Similarly the PDP National Auditor in a statement made available to news men in Abuja yesterday also debunked the alleged involvement of the party’s National al Working Committee (NWC) in Nyako’s removal.
He said “I challenge the main opposition, All Progressive Congress, APC and its leaders to come out with their facts to prove that President Goodluck Jonathan was involved in the impeachment saga so as to convince Nigerians and the international community that they were sure of what they are saying or shut up and stop feeding the members of the public with tissue of lies”.
“The questions we should be asking ourselves are whether the lawmakers followed the Constitution of the land. Did they follow due process? Were they served with impeachment notices for them to defend themselves? This is mere blasphemy and it will not work. Nyako was served with impeachment notice to appear before a seven -man panel to defend himself against all the allegations levelled against him and he refused to obey, what did he do? He went ahead to declare two days holiday for reasons best known to him while his deputy resigned when he knew that the game was up”, he explained.
“In the case of that of Governor Al-Makura, the House wanted to serve him impeachment notice on several occasions but he refused service before the law makers went ahead and published it in the newspapers. Tell me the involvement of either the PDP or Mr President? They should leave Mr President and our party out of their predicaments; we knew nothing about it. It is democracy in action”, he declared.