Nasarawa Lawmakers on the Run, Plot to Impeach Al-Makura May Have Backfired
20 of the twenty four members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly who last week signed a notice to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura are said to be on the run following mounting pressures.
The legislators are reportedly on the run following pressures from notable politicians and groups in the state, and particularly the massive protest that has enveloped the state over their moves to serve the governor a notice of impeachment.
Many indigenes of the state and surprisingly, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have joined and in some cases led many of the protests in the state.
What has become a threat to the lawmakers is that People of all political affiliations, including from the PDP, have continued to sustain their anger against the impeachment proceedings in areas Toto, Nasarawa-Eggon and Keana, saying the public good made possible by the administration of Al-Makura was manifest in their areas. The lawmakers saw that their position was not popular.
Although a lawmaker Baba Ibaku had last week claimed that they are very much around, it was gathered that not a single member of the assembly involved in the impeachment plot was anywhere around the state since Monday when they passed the motion.
Sources said it is not safe for the legislators to return to the state, as any attempt by any one of them to enter Nasarawa now might heighten public anger against them.
The House had last Monday, reconvened from an on-going recess at an emergency session, and passed a motion of impeachment, alleging various breaches of the provisions of the constitution against Al-Makura, including misappropriation of funds from 2011 and 2014, as well as allegations gross misconduct and abuse of office processes.
But shortly after passing the resolution, the lawmakers were said to have rushed out of the assembly complex and hurriedly left Lafia for Abuja where they were said to have been holed up in three different hotels.
Even while in Abuja, with the believe that they are away from the pressure in the state, sources said the lawmakers bolted to Lagos State from the three hotels they turned to their sanctuaries when some traditional rulers poured into Abuja, to join in putting pressures on them to withdraw their plot. The Traditional rulers were yet to meet with the legislators as at the time of this report.
While in Abuja, the lawmakers were said to have held series of meeting over the impeachment plot and the pressure mounting from the state. Although much of the meetings held in Abuja since then have remained unproductive, investigations have, however, revealed that the development back home, where the state is witnessing increased tension, leading to Thursday’s violent clash between the anti, and pro-impeachment protesters in Lafia, may have compelled a rethink by some lawmakers who are already believed to be putting pressures on their colleagues to withdraw the notice and save the state from another wave of bloodshed.
Sources have said the Presidency and the national leadership of the PDP, earlier reported to have influenced the impeachment plot with the connivance of PDP top shots in Abuja, may have considered relaxing their influence on the 20 lawmakers after a wave of angry protests greeted the Monday proceedings. But sources still added that a handful of certain powerful persons from the state, with good links to the Presidency are bent on pushing the execution of the controversial plot to limits. They are said to have said at various meetings that the state will heal after all, from the shockwave of the public anger greeting the impeachment proceedings.
“Everybody is backing out. But very few Abuja politicians have insisted that the protesters will get tired of protesting, and that people will soon forget about the issue and continue with normal life,” said a source.
Do not hesitate to leave your opinion in the comment section below.
To contact Abusidiqu.com for Article Submission and Advertisement or General inquiry, send a mail to email@example.com