Nyako: I have forgiven those moving for my removal from office
The panel investigating the allegations leveled against Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako and his Deputy, Bala Ngilari, by the State House of Assembly, on Saturday concluded its sitting, to submit report ‘in a later date.’
The seven-man panel, which commenced sitting on Friday, rounded up its sitting on Saturday without the respondents (Nyako and Ngilari) appearing before the panel.
The panel had on Friday after listening to the assembly’s counsels, who tendered exhibits including video clips, directed the Governor and his Deputy to be served to appear or send representatives to defend them.
However, at the resumed sitting on Saturday, neither the governor nor his deputy or their representatives showed up at the panel’s sitting.
The panel after waiting in vain for representatives of the governor and the deputy governor went ahead to watch a video clip tendered as exhibit “Y”.
It also cross examined the only witness presented by the House, Mr. Wafarninyi Theman, who is the House Committee Chairman on Public Account.
Counsels to the assembly at the Saturday sitting, Mr Hussaini Maidawa and Mr Leonard Nzadon, who led Theman in giving evidence, concluded their respective presentations.
The counsel urged the panel to take their applications against the governor and deputy governor as a proven case of the allegations of gross misconduct raised in view of the absence of any contrary argument.
Responding, the Chairman, Malam Buba Kaigama, said the panel would take its time to go over the presentations and other evidences provided by the assembly objectively and come out with its position in a later date.
Kaigama announced that although the respondents had failed to appear, the panel had concluded its assignment having heard from the assembly, being one of the parties involved in the matter.
Meanwhile, Nyako on Saturday said he had forgiven all those planning to impeach him from office.
Nyako said this while addressing his supporters who paid him a solidarity visit at his residence in Yola.
The governor appealed to his supporters and all well-meaning citizens of the state to remain calm and pray to God to protect them from falling along ethnic and religious lines.
He described those behind his planned impeachment as the enemies of peace and the people of the state.
Nyako said that legitimate sons and daughters of the state would never cause hardship on their brothers and sisters.
“Despite the unwarranted state of emergency enforced on the people of the state coupled with the dust-to-down-curfew, some irresponsible elements based in Abuja are trying to create additional hardship for the people,” he said.
According to him, the impeachment saga is a deliberate plan to cause disaffection among good people of the state, adding that his administration would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state irrespective of area, tribe and religion.
“I will continue to keep faith with my people and nothing will deter me from identifying with them,” Nyako said.
Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr P P Elisha, told the gathering that Nyako declined appearance at the panel constituted by the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mamadi, because due process of law is not followed in the said constitution of panel.
He said despite the intervention of Religious leaders, traditional
rulers, and prominent Nigerians , the Adamawa State Lawmakers, are hell bent at impeaching Governor Nyako and his deputy .
Elisha told journalists that all the efforts to resolve the crises is being truncated by the PDP Stakeholders who were hell bent in removing Nyako through illegalities.
He said in their desperation to ensure that the impeachment plot scale through, the PDP stakeholders issued a threat to sack any of its member that may retrace his step from the impeachment process despite the fact that governor Murtala Nyako exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan who is the national leader of PDP.
“The whole impeachment move is being staged managed by the so called Adamawa PDP stakeholders who are trying to draw President Goodluk Jonathan into a thing he knew nothing about,”
Elisha added that in his bid to ensure that peace reigns in Adamawa State, Nyako was not leaving any stone unturned as he has gone back to Abuja to renew negotiations with the lawmakers as he was can never be intimidated by the antics of the PDP stakeholders.
In her remarks, the Adamawa Women Leader, Hajiya Hauwa Abba, stated that women and youths in the state were in the Governor’s residence to register their support and solidarity to him.
She disclosed that over 10,000 women and youths benefited from Nyako’s economic empowerment programmes in the state.
“Before the advent of Gov. Nyako’s administration, women in the state used to labour in some people’s farms to survive.
“But today, Nyako have economically empowered us to be self- reliant.”
She appealed to those behind the impeachment to see reason and stop the process in the interest of peace and development of the state.