Nasarawa Assembly Divided Over Plot to Impeach Al-Makura, Impeachment Faces Hurdles
Indications have emerged that the impeachment plot against Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state is suffering some hitches as members of the State House of Assembly who last week passed a resolution to serve the governor a notice of impeachment are currently divided over the plan.
The hitches being faced by the House is not unconnected to the recent wave of protest that greeted the resolution of the lawmakers.
A source alleged that though the Nasarawa state deputy governor, Daminshi Barau is desperate to become governor and has promised to give them the first monthly allocation, the assembly is divided on the impeachment plan.
Out of the 24 members of the assembly, 20 are members of the PDP while 4 are member?s of the APC. 10 out of the PDP members are said to be fully backing the removal of the governor, 10 are amenable in view of recent happenings while the remaining 4 are for the governor.
The source continued that the impeachment pace is slowing down even as the lawmakers are shopping for anti-Al-Makura individuals to make? up the 7-man panel that will investigate the governor.
“They are considering perm?anent secretaries retired by Al-Makura, ex-deputy governors,” the source added.
The intervention of some royal fathers in the matter, is also said to be persuaded to? back out of the impeachment plot?.
Another obstacle the legislators ,ay face i their plot to impeach Al-makura is the insistence of the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko to comply fully with the implementation of the law.
A source source said the impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura may not come as easy as that of Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, following the position of the judge.
Already, Justice Dikko has reportedly ordered strict compliance with section 188 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which borders on impeachment before constituting the 7-man panel.
Section 188 states among others, that “(5) Within seven days of the passing of a motion under the foregoing provisions of this section, the chief judge of the state shall at the request of the speaker of the House of Assembly, appoint a panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation as provided in this section.