Nasarawa Lawmakers Plot Fresh Move to Impeach Al-Makura
Smarting from its failure to effect the impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, the 20 lawmakers in the Nasarawa state House of Assembly behind the impeachment have reportedly launched a fresh plot to remove the governor.
The last impeachment move by the lawmakers failed to see the light of day after the panel it directed the Chief Judge of the state to set up gave the governor a clean bill and discharged all the 16 allegations leveled against him.
But the lawmakers who insisted it will not accept the report of the panel because of another directive it gave the Chief Judge for the constitution of another panel on the ground that the one he set up included members of political parties and public servants plotting a fresh move to impeach the governor and inaugurate Deputy Governor Damishi Barau Luka as his replacement.
The lawmakers, it was gathered, are in the process of reaching out to a vacation Judge in the state for the purpose of raising a new panel to probe their 16 allegations against the governor.
Although the latest move of the lawmakers is without the support of the Presidency or the National Secretariat of the PDP, who are believed to be behind the initial impeachment plot, the lawmakers are perfecting their plans to remove Al-Makura not later than next Friday.
It was learnt that the confidence of the lawmakers was buoyed by the last week rally of the State Chapter of the PDP where the minister of information, Labaran Maku boasted that if anti-Al-Makura forces wanted to overrun Lafia, they would do so without resistance.
Maku who led the PDP rally against the governor in Lafia said at the rally that lthough the Federal Government had no hand in the impeachment plot against Al-Makura, the lawmakers should explore all constitutional means to carry it out.
Investigation showed that at a kangaroo session on Tuesday, the lawmakers decided to take advantage of the ongoing vacation by the court and the absence of the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to create a constitutional crisis in the state.
A reliable source familiar with the development said the lawmakers resolved to hold a midnight session at the Assembly in Lafia early next week.
They intend to seek the protection of security agencies and some militia in executing their plot.
The source said: “The forces against Al-Makura are persuading the Assembly to go ahead having rejected the seven-man investigative panel inaugurated by the Chief Judge.
“They want to pressurize the Vacation Judge to raise a new panel and within three days, Al-Makura will be removed. In fact, a draft speech of the inauguration address of the new governor is ready. The lawmakers and their backers have also drawn a list of new appointments to be made by the Deputy Governor when he takes over.
“The last week rally of the PDP was allegedly used as a signal of the next battle to be waged against the governor.
“The intelligence report of their plot is however being sent to appropriate authorities.”
Sources in the State judiciary however said there is no sense in the lawmakers’ latest approach, saying a Vacation Judge cannot assume the powers of the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State.
Another source in Al-Makura’s camp, who confirmed the plot, said: “We do not know why these lawmakers have become desperate to throw the state into chaos.
“Information at our disposal indicated that each lawmaker has been promised $180,000 in addition to other perks if the governor is removed.
“They want to use a judge who allegedly has sympathy for the PDP in the state. The same judge had three times delivered judgment against Nasarawa State Government.
“As I talk to you, there is a petition against the judge before the National Judicial Council (NJC) for alleged abuse of office.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “Our position is that there is no way a Vacation Judge can assume the role of the Chief Judge of the state.”
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