Governor Umaru Al-makura of Nasarawa State has described the death of the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Aliyu Akwe Doma as a monumental loss to the state and the entire country.
His comments were contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musa Elayo, on Friday, in which he also stated that the elder-statesman was a point of reference for stability, consensus and nation-building.
Al-makura said the vacuum created by the departure of the illustrious leader will be hard to fill.
“He was a dedicated bridge builder and champion of unity, whom through his vast experience and uncommon goodwill has brought peace and prosperity to former Plateau and present-day Nasarawa state where he served as deputy governor and governor respectively.
“As a frontline public servant, he promoted values which enhanced our firm belief in our common humanity as a people with one destiny under God.
“As an architect of unity, he defended and promoted our rich cultural heritage for which he will be greatly missed by all,” Almakura stated further.
“We are deeply saddened by this irreparable loss of a great statesman. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
“To say he was a larger than life character would be an understatement and we will always remember him as a great loss,” he added.
The All Progressive Congress(APC) in Nasarawa State has lashed out on the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) dominated State House of Assembly and some PDP leaders for attempting to derail Governor Al-makura’s development effort through impeachment.
The party accused the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku and former Governor, Akwe Doma of fueling the political crisis, after failing woefully in the last general elections.
The APC Chairman in the State, Mr Philip Shekwo, at a briefing in Lafia, decries the plot by the 20 lawmakers and their sponsors to destabilise the state ahead of the 2015 general election, having failed the state in the 12 years of their mal-administrations.
The party further pointed out that governor Al-makura is innocent of all the allegations levied against him by the lawmakers, but assured the lawmakers that he would appear before the panel to clear his name.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly on 14 July, directed the Clerk to serve Al-Makura a notice of impeachment for ‘gross misconduct’. The lawmakers have also set up a panel to look into the allegations against the governor. A date for the planned probe was not revealed.