Nyako to Shun Panel Invitation, Says He will Survive the Impeachment
The impeachment panel constituted by the Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammad to investigate the allegations leveled against Governor Murtala Nyako by the State House of Assembly yesterday attempted to serve the governor with a letter of invitation to appear before the panel but was prevented by security personnel.
However, the panel failing to personally deliver the letter to the governor’s office pasted the letter at the gate of the government house, deeming it sufficient for the purpose of its assignment.
The panel secretary, Binanu R. Esthon, told newsmen that when all attempts to deliver the letter to Nyako failed, the panel members met and directed that the letter should be pasted on his gate.
“If you go to the governor’s house now you will see the invitation letter pasted on his gate, the deputy governor’s secretary received the letter on behalf of his boss”, he stated.
Esthon said that the panel would commence full sitting tomorrow since the governor and his deputy had been served with their letters of invitation to appear before the body to answer the allegations of gross misconduct the lawmakers levelled against them.
However, a senior government official confirmed that Nyako was not going to honour the invitation as the panel had not deemed it fit to serve him and his deputy the impeachment notice as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution and directed by the court.
The source said appearing before the panel would give the impression that the House had complied with the relevant section of the law regarding the impeachment of a governor and give credence to what he called the “illegality being perpetuated” by enemies of the governor.
The source said: “The governor is not going to appear before the panel until they comply with the laws relating to the impeachment of any governor in Nigeria.
“If they insist that they have served the governor by pasting the notice on the walls, let them go and check what the position of law is on that matter.”
Meanwhile, Nyako yesterday expressed confidence that he would survive the ongoing impeachment move against him, noting that he won’t resign.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the launch of the Presidential Safe School Initiative aimed at providing conducive and safe environment for school children in the North east, Nyako remained upbeat about his chances of surviving the ongoing impeachment proceedings in his state.
While saying that he has not approached President Jonathan to intervene in the matter, he however said that there was nothing wrong asking the President to intervene if need be since he had also supported the President in the past.
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