There are indications that the impeachment move against Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has suffered a setback, as 11 members have allegedly backed out of the move following the intervention of prominent Nigerians including former vice president Atiku Abubakar and former EFCC boss Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Sources privy to the development within the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) revealed to LEADERSHIP Sunday that the high-stake intervention of major stakeholders of the party has started yielding dividends as 11 members of the House of Assembly have been convinced to drop the impeachment bid.
The impeachment move, which was initiated on June 18, was endorsed by 19 out of the 25 members of the all-PDP House of Assembly, meaning that six of the House of assembly members have not appended their signatures to the impeachment notice.
The lawmakers who refused to endorse the impeachment move include former speaker of the House and arch supporter of Governor Nyako Hon. Sadiq Dasin from Fufore LGA, Hon. Wale Fwa from Demsa LGA, Hon. Musa Mahmud from Mayo Belwa LGA, the home town of Governor Nyako; Hon. Abuzzari Suleiman Ribadu from Yola North LGA, Hon. Juggal Abdulsalam from Shelleng, and the speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru, from Madagali LGA.
But the refusal of the speaker of the House to append his signature to the impeachment notice has rankled many because he was seen to be the brains behind the impeachment move and the major beneficiary if it sailed through — if it succeeded he would be the acting governor.
A source said the move to enlist the support of the 11 lawmakers was a shrewd political calculation, for if it sails through it will put a spanner in the works of the impeachment plan since 16 members are needed to effect the impeachment of the governor. When contacted for her comment on the issue, one of the members who refused to endorse the move and member representing Demsa, Hon. Wale Fwa, said she was bereaved of a loved one and was not in the mood to comment on the issue.
Also, when his reaction was sought through sms, the chairman, House Committee on Information and member representing Michika LGA, who was one of the members who initially endorsed the impeachment move, said, “I am sorry; I cannot discuss anything about impeachment because I am not part of it.”
All efforts to speak with Barr Sadiq Dasin and one of the staunchest supporters of Governor Nyako proved abortive as all calls directed to his GSM no were not picked and an sms forwarded to him on the subject was not replied.
But the director of press to the speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Solomon Kumangar, expressed doubts, saying that it can only emanate from mischief makers. “I am not aware that any member has backed out from the move but you should ask those making the insinuation to mention the names of those who backed out. It is apparent that people are ignorant about House resolutions because whenever resolutions are passed no one can infringe on them as they are irreversible,” Kumangar noted.
Nyako’s Impeachment: We Will Serve Nyako, Deputy, notice through media – Assembly Clerk
The Adamawa State House of Assembly has adopted a new strategy to serve the duo of Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy Barrister Bala Ngillari the impeachment notice against them. Moves to serve them the notice personally had allegedly become difficult. The clerk of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Mr Francis Gbensenso, who said he was yet to serve the impeachment notice on either of the two, said the House had decided to serve the impeachment notice through the print media.
“I was not able to serve Adamawa State governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy Barrister Bala James Ngilari the notice of the impeachment as directed by the speaker since Wednesday, 18th June, 2014,” he said.
The clerk said that the Assembly’s next line of action is to publish the letters in at least two national dailies. This step, he said, is equally a right alternative as advised by the Assembly’s lawyers.
The clerk explained that the two leaders had sealed off their offices since the directive was given to him.
He said that he had made several attempts to deliver the letters but all his efforts ended in futility due to the evasive disposition of the people concerned.
Investigations revealed that both Nyako and his deputy are out of the state.