by Dare Lawal
Before the ex-governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, was impeached by state lawmakers, he was given the chance by the investigative committee set up by the state chief judge, to defend himself. He chose not to take the chance, opting instead to snub the panel. Eventually, the governor was shown the exit.
His former colleague and current governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-makura, is facing a similar challenge as members of the PDP controlled state assembly are itching to kick him out. Last week, Pres. Goodluck Jonathan met with the speaker of the Nasarawa assembly, and it was believed that the president was intervening and asking his party men to discontinue the impeachment process. It appears now that that was not the case, as the state lawmakers are marching ahead with the plot.
The Guardian newspaper is reporting that Al-makura is choosing to go through a different route from the one chosen by Nyako. Consequently, he has put together a seven-man team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) to defend him at the investigative panel set up by the state’s Chief Judge, Umaru Dikko, to probe allegations of fraud and gross misconduct against him.
In fact, even before the chief judge set up the panel last Friday, the special adviser to the governor on public affairs, Abdulhamid Kwara, had said a few days before that the governor was putting everything together to appear before the panel at the appropriate time to exonerate himself. The panel is scheduled to commence sitting on Wednesday after the Eid-e-Fitri celebrations.
Although the setting up of the committee by the governor was not publicly announced, a source however disclosed that the governor had, Friday morning, assembled a team of senior lawyers to stand in for him at the panel.