Adamawa Impeachment: Nyako Set to Resign, But Atiku Still Battling to Save Him
The fight put up by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State to save him from the impending impeachment embarked upon by members of the Adamawa state House of Assembly may finally come to an end today, following reports that the governor has decided to resign from office rather than waiting to be impeached.
The governor had yesterday declared a two day public holiday which was largely seen as a masterstroke on the part of the governor to cripple the move against him given that the Chief Judge of the state who belatedly constituted the impeachment panel was due to retire same day, hoping that the declaration of the public holiday would delay the inauguration of the impeachment panel.
But in defiance of the two-day public holiday declared by the state government, the seven-man investigative panel yesterday swung into action, thus setting the impeachment wheels in motion.
It was gathered yesterday that the governor had decided to stall the inevitable process that could lead to his impeachment as the panel set up to investigate him over allegations of gross misconduct was certain to reach a damning verdict.
The governor, a source said, was in Abuja throughout yesterday and had prepared his resignation speech, which would be announced today.
Should he resign, the state which came under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when Nyako defected to the main opposition party from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last November, would revert to PDP control, as Ngilari who is also facing impeachment moves, refused to defect with his principal.
Effectively, PDP would be in control of 20 states, APC – 14 states, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – 1 state and Labour Party (LP) – 1 state.
But as the door was being shut in Nyako’s face, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who was in Yola yesterday, was said to have weighed in to save the governor.
Source close to Atiku confirmed that the former vice-president was last night making frantic moves by reaching out to the lawmakers to soft-pedal on the governor and his deputy.
A source said: “The former vice-president is in Yola at the moment to try and salvage the situation. But he is also there for other reasons other than the impeachment move against Nyako and his deputy.”
Atiku, who for years had a fractured relationship with Nyako, was said to have been prevailed upon by leaders of the APC to come to the governor’s rescue for the greater good of the party.
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