INEC Sets October 11 For Adamawa Governorship Election

INEC_Nigeria_adamawaThe  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced October 11, 2014, as the date for the governorship election in Adamawa State, this was contained in statement issued by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kasim Gaidam.

The former governor, Murtala Nyako, was impeached by the State House of Assembly after he was found guilty of all 16 charges levelled against him by the lawmakers.

The ex-Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari had resigned moments before the impeachment, paving the way for the speaker of the state assembly, Umaru Fintiri, to take over as acting governor.

Adamawa Acting Governor Visits Jonathan, Says Nyako Defrauded State

Murtala NyakoAdamawa State Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintri, has taken a swipe on those who say that the House collected money to remove the former State Governor, Murtala Nyako, from office, insisting that the former Governor defrauded the state.

The Acting Governor was in the Presidential Villa to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan at Abuja, and said that he had visited the Villa to give details on the situation in the state.

He told State House correspondents after the meeting that everything was not about money and challenged those who made the allegation to come up with evidences to prove it.

Ahmadu Fintri said that he was currently engaged in confidence building which had been eroded under the leadership of Murtala Nyako, who he said destroyed the infrastructure and morale of Adamawa people.

The former governor was impeached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy.

The impeachment notice, signed by 19 of the 25 state lawmakers, listed 20 impeachable offences against them. There was also an accusation of extra-budgetary expenditure of over N390 million as overhead cost from January 2013 to December 2013, among other allegations.

Nyako’s Impeachment Is In Accordance To Law – Lawyer

ogunyeA Lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, has said the procedure followed in the impeachment of the Adamawa State governor; Murtala Nyako, was rushed but is in accordance to the law.

While giving his opinion on the impeachment of the governor by the state’s lawmakers, Mr Ogunye said that the procedure was in line with the letters of the constitution, citing section 188 of the constitution.

“Given what the letters of the law say, what they’ve done appears to be in accordance with what the law says they should do,” he told Channels Television on Wednesday.

Mr Ogunye pointed out that the governor of the state was fully aware of the allegations made against him, recalling that there had been previous attempt to impeach him.

The Legal Practitioner noted that the use of impeachment on a sitting governor has become a political persecution.

Giving a background of the happenings in the state, Mr Ogunye explained that the impeached governor of the state, Governor Nyako was elected in 2007 and that during the tenure of the late President Umaru Yar’adua, the governor was served an impeachment letter before the late President intervened.

He also emphasised  that in 2010, the Adamawa people commended the governor for the efforts he made in the state calling him the “Messiah of the state”.

He referred to the recent crisis happening in the state as an “inter party scrabble, stating that the governor’s defection to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples’ Democratic Party had created more issues in the state.

He further insisted that the impeachment procedure was rushed and noted that the decision to go to court was left to the impeached governor to decide.

Nyako’s Impeachment Has Been Long Overdue- Group

Panny_BogaA member of the Save Adamawa Group, Mr Panny Boga, has commended the Adamawa State House of Assembly for impeaching the state governor, describing the impeachment “as long overdue and the best thing that has happened to Adamawa State”.

Mr Boga said the impeachment has vindicated the group, who had earlier accused the governor of 12 of the 20 allegations levelled against him by the State House of Assembly.

“Out of all the impeachable offences, 20 of them raised, 12 were the issues that we raised earlier, adding that “having him impeached at this time, to me is something that has been long overdue and is the best thing that has happened to Adamawa State”.

Debunking claims that there is more than meets the allegations that led to the impeachment, 7 years after Mr Nyako was sworn into power, Mr Boga noted that “this is not the first time” the former governor was handed an impeachment notice “only that this time around it succeeded”, he said.

He noted that “in June 2008, to be precise, he was also served with impeachment notice by a different set of members of the House of Assembly listing 20 allegations” insisting that “the man was a failure”.

Mr Boga denied that the impeachment plot was instituted because of Mr Nyako’s change of political party, wondering why such plots are yet to be in place for governors of Sokoto (Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako) and Kano (Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), insisting that his “movement to All Progressives Congress (APC) has nothing to do with the monumental corruption Nyako is involved in and I think it is on that basis that members of the House of Assembly actually impeached him.

“It is not on the basis of whether he has moved to any other party; in any case, he is not the only People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governor that moved to the APC. Why is Wamako stil there? Why is Kwankwanso still there?, no impeachment procedure has been instituted against them, he maintained.

Mr Boga said the “people of Adamawa State should be given a medal for being the most patient human beings to have endured Nyako for even 7 years”.

Further buttressing his point that the impeachment was based on the facts presented to the members of the State House of Assembly, Mr Boga argued that “if it were a party affair, the members would have left the Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, alone”.

He also noted that the former governor would have been impeached in 2008 but for appeals by stakeholders of the party at that time, who intervened and botched the impeachment saga and blamed the former governor of not carrying the people of Adamawa along in his government for his impeachment.

Acting Governor Sworn-In

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor after the House impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The governor was impeached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations against him and his deputy.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

The seven man panel, chaired by Mr Bala Kaigama, who submitted the report to the speaker, observed that the panel encountered initial problem of having a venue for sitting but eventually overcame the challenge and produced four volumes of the report on allegations levelled against the governor and the deputy.

Don’t Misuse Power, Atiku Tells PDP

A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday (July 15) warned the PDP-led Federal Government against what he described as ‘‘excessive use of power’’, which Atiku said was not good for decent democratic practice.

The ex-VP, who was reacting to the impeachment of Nyako, said in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja that wielding the axe of impeachment against elected public office holders in order to settle scores by the Federal Government would needlessly build up tension in the country.

The former Vice-President said, “The reckless use of impeachment to settle scores could not have been the intention of the framers of the 1999 Constitution. The frequency with which elective officials were being shot down by impeachment would destroy the whole purpose of inserting the impeachment clause in the Constitution.

“The use of impeachment to harass and humiliate perceived opponents by the PDP-led Federal Government would ultimately bastardise the spirit in which the constitution provides for the impeachment clause.”

He admonished the Federal Government to take it easy in the way they use power, adding that “the constitution was not meant to provide ammo for anybody to harass and humiliate opponents or force them out of office.”

He also criticised the use of financial inducements to influence the removal of perceived opponents from office.

Nyako’s Impeachment Adds No Value To Nation’s Growth

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the impeachment of the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, has no iota of value to add to the Nigeria’s growth and development, and even to the progress of Adamawa State.

In a statement by the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, released hours after the impeachment on Tuesday, the party stressed that the impeachment of the governor was not what the country needed at a period it is faced with serious security challenges.

Governor Okorocha expressed surprise that in spite of appeals and steps taken by patriotic leaders across the country to make the members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly review their impeachment move against the governor, with a view to resolving whatever was the bone of contention, the legislators still carried out the impeachment.

“What the nation needs most this time should be ideas, unity of purpose and patriotism to deal decisively with the lingering security problems threatening our nationhood and not actions that would further inject bad blood among the leaders of this country and the citizenry in general.

“The impeachment of the Adamawa State Governor and similar impeachment threats against the governors of Nasarawa, Edo, Rivers and so on, could be explained as bad politics of intimidation aimed at stifling the APC as a party and threatening our nascent democracy,” the statement read.

The APC insisted that the impeachment was not a good image laundering for Nigeria, saying it will not encourage other nations willing to help Nigeria come out of the security problem to take the nation serious.

Nyako’s Impeachment Adds No Value To Nation’s Growth – APC

Murtala NyakoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) says the impeachment of the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, has no iota of value to add to the Nigeria’s growth and development, and even to the progress of Adamawa State.

In a statement by the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, released hours after the impeachment on Tuesday, the party stressed that the impeachment of the governor was not what the country needed at a period it is faced with serious security challenges.

Governor Okorocha expressed surprise that in spite of appeals and steps taken by patriotic leaders across the country to make the members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly review their impeachment move against the governor, with a view to resolving whatever was the bone of contention, the legislators still carried out the impeachment.

“What the nation needs most this time should be ideas, unity of purpose and patriotism to deal decisively with the lingering security problems threatening our nationhood and not actions that would further inject bad blood among the leaders of this country and the citizenry in general.

“The impeachment of the Adamawa State Governor and similar impeachment threats against the governors of Nasarawa, Edo, Rivers and so on, could be explained as bad politics of intimidation aimed at stifling the APC as a party and threatening our nascent democracy,” the statement read.

The APC insisted that the impeachment was not a good image laundering for Nigeria, saying it will not encourage other nations willing to help Nigeria come out of the security problem to take  the nation serious.

The impeachment by the State House of Assembly members came after the lawmakers received the report of a panel set up to look at the allegations of financial impropriety against the impeached governor and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

Nasarawa Lawmakers Direct Clerk To Serve Impeachment Notice On Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura
The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday directed the Clerk of the House to serve impeachment notice on Governor Tanko Al-makura.

The speaker of the House, Mr Musa Mohammed, gave the directive on Monday.

It followed a motion brought by the Deputy Majority leader, under matters of public interest, alleging that the governor mismanaged funds allocated to the state from the Universal Basic Education Commission and the Sure-P programme.

Twenty out of the 24 members of the State Assembly, who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), signed the petition, leaving the four members who are in the minority All Progressives Congress surprised.

Governor Al-makura, who is of the APC, and his supporters returned to Lafia from Doma Local Government Area to the shock of impeachment notice by the State Assembly, bordering on the utilisation of UBEC and Sure-P funds.

The PDP onslaught and impeachment plot, have moved from Adamawa to Nasarawa State where both governors under fire are from the APC stock.

In Adamawa, the panel set up to look at the allegations against the governor, Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala James Ngilari, submitted its report to the State House of Assembly on Monday.

The panel had invited the governor and his deputy for questioning but none of them showed up. They however, continued with their investigations despite the claims by the accused that the panel was illegal.

Court Dismisses PDP’s Case Against 5 Defecting Governors

defecting_governorsA Federal High Court in Abuja has shut down the case instituted against the governors of Kwara, Rivers, Adamawa, Sokoto and Kano states   by  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to declare their governorship seats vacant on account of defection to opposition party.

The legal action, instituted six months ago by the PDP to challenge the legality of the defection by the governors to the All Progressive Congress (APC), was struck out by the court on the grounds of failure by PDP to properly serve the originating summon and other court processes tothe defendants.

Ruling in the disputed mode of service of court summon to the governors adopted by PDP, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that PDP failed to follow the procedures allowed by law in reaching the defendants since December 10 when the court action was instituted.

The court agreed with lawyers to the governors that they have not been served with court papers and as such the court cannot assume jurisdiction until the plaintiff has done the needful and put its house in order on the effective service of court summon.

The service of court process allegedly effected at No. 40 Blantyre Street, the new office of the APC was declared illegal, invalid, defective and was dismissed by the court for not having the court’s endorsement.

“The court cannot assume jurisdiction until the plaintiff (PDP) has done the needful and put its house in order on the effective service of court summons.

“The purported service of court process allegedly effected at No. 40 Blantyre street, being the new office of the APC, was earlier declared illegal, invalid, defective and, accordingly, dismissed by the court for not having the court’s endorsement”, he said.

Justice Kolawole held that the issue of service of originating summon by the plaintiff on the defendant was fundamental before any court can take further action against any defendant adding that in the instant case, the service done by PDP was not in conformity with the procedure of the court.

He thereafter adjourned the case indefinitely pending the time the plaintiff will comply with the law in the service of the originating summon on the five governors.

Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State,  Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State and of Adamawa had on Nov. 26, 2013, left the PDP to join APC.

 

Nyako Impeachment Notice: APC Governors’ Forum Reacts

rochas-okorochaReactions have been trailing the impeachment notice served on the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, and his Deputy, Bala Ngilari, by the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor’s Forum and also the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged stakeholders to halt the move and allow peace to reign in the State.

In a statement by the Chairman, he called on the leadership of the Adamawa State House of Assembly to drop the impeachment proceedings in the interest of the state. He noted that the state was already having security challenges and it shouldn’t be driven into another round of crisis.

Governor Okorocha advised the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to intervene in the matter and see that the impeachment move is brought to a halt, adding that with the present security situation bedeviling the state and country, it would be insensible for anybody to raise the issue of impeaching the Governor of a state faced with a lot of security challenges.

Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy, Mr Bala Ngilari, were given a notice of impeachment ‘‘ for gross misconduct’’.

The impeachment notice, signed by 19 of the 25 state lawmakers, listed 20 impeachable offences against them. There was also an accusation of extra-budgetary expenditure of over N390 million as overhead cost from January 2013 to December 2013, among other allegations.

Expanded National Security Council Meeting Ends At The Presidential Villa

FEC_nigeriaThe expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Some key decisions concerning the security situation in the country were taken at the meeting which had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan, state governors and heads of the various security agencies.

The council said that security is everybody’s business and all Nigerians must be security-conscious.

They also advised adherents of the various faiths to practice religion without acrimony, while security operatives were asked to be more professional.

It was also decided that security agencies should adopt both the soft and hard approach in dealing with the insurgency.

Security forces were given the marching orders to go in search of the school girls abducted by insurgents from Chibok on Borno State and ensure they were all rescued unharmed.

To address the increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen, the council decided that henceforth they would be domesticated and restricted to designated areas to graze their cattle.

The expanded Security Council meeting was also attended by the President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III and the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Twenty-four governors were in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe were represented by their deputies.

The security chiefs in attendance were; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and  Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister,  Akinwunmi Adeshina and the  Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, were also present.

Meeting Agrees To Empower The Military To Search For Abducted Schoolgirls

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…

Fulani Herdsmen Should Be Domesticated Henceforth

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…

Governor Nyako Also Warned Against Divisive Utterances

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…