I’m Not Bothered By Plot To Impeach Me – Nyako…Protest Envelopes Yola
Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako has said that he is not bothered about the move of lawmakers in the state assembly to remove him.
He was speaking in response endorsement by 19 out of 25 members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly who commenced a move to impeach him and his deputy Barrister Bala James Ngilari.
The move to impeach both the governor and his deputy seen as the first in this political dispensation followed weeks of intense altercation between the executive and legislative arms of government which led to the invitation and even arrest of some commissioners who failed to honour the House’s invitation to answer charges of financial recklessness levelled against them.
According to Nyako who spoke through his spokesman Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, he said, “It is God that gives power and He takes it back when He will. I’m not bothered about the impeachment notice. We have run a democratic system in Adamawa and we expect the House of Assembly to abide by the democratic process.
“As I am talking to you, the governor is yet to receive the notice of the impeachment even though we are aware that the assembly has passed the resolution.”
The move against the governor was the second such attempt against him in his seven years in power; there was a failed attempt by the James Barka-led House to impeach the governor in 2008.
The impeachment motion was moved by the member representing Numan Constituency and deputy speaker of the House, Barr. Kwamoti Laori, who said he was spurred by the height of the financial recklessness that had become the hallmark of Nyako’s government to move the motion.
The House then went on to slam a 20-count charge of gross financial misappropriation which it accused the government of Nyako of committing leading the state to incur losses running into billions of naira.
Meanwhile, Protesters spilled out into the streets of Yola, the Adamawa State capital, following the impeachment notice served Wednesday by the state House of Assembly on the governor, Murtala Nyako, and his deputy, Bala James Ngillari, for gross misconduct.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Adamawa House of Assembly why impeachment now?” “The House of Assembly wants to truncate the fragile peace in the state”, “You just passed a vote of confidence on the governor and his administration, why the sudden change now?”
Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama, who led a set of protesters through the police roundabout, Government House Road and Jimeta metropolis, said the assembly members were acting the script of the presidency.
He queried why the impeachment notice was impraticable since the assembly members were yet to complete their investigations in ministries, parastatals and contractors.
Also speaking on the impeachment notice, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Nyako, Mallam Ahmad Sajo, said the governor was not aware of the move and it remained in the realm of a wild speculation.
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