It’s Impeachment for Nyako, Ngilari Likely Successor
The embattled governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, may be seeing his last days in office as the 7-man Panel of Inquiry set up by the Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him and his deputy, Bala James Ngilari, by the state legislature, on Monday submitted its report to the House of Assembly.
METROWATCH gathered that, although the accused did not appear before the panel nor did they send any representative to defend them, the panel, however, returned ‘guilty verdict’ against Nyako following what it called overwhelming evidence against the governor.
It was also learnt that Ngilari could be the major beneficiary of the exercise as the panel also said in its report, although not yet made public, that it could not support the allegations against him with substantial evidence.
Sections 188(8) and (9) of the constitution states: “Where the panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter.
“Where the report of the panel is that the allegations against the holder of the office has been proved, then within 14 days of the receipt of the report, the House of Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of the House of Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report of the panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.
If that happens, the governor could be removed from office as early as this week as the lawmakers are likely to begin deliberations on the report from Tuesday.
Presenting the report to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Umaru Fintiri, in his office under tight security on Monday, the chairman of the panel, Buba Kaigama, told the speaker that during the two-day sitting of the panel, the respondents refused to appear before it.
The chairman explained that despite the ample opportunities given to the respondents, Nyako and Ngillari, they still shunned their invite to appear before the panel.
“Unprecedented opportunities were given to the governor and his deputy to appear before the panel but the opportunities was not utilized, the panel listened to the only witness called by the House of Assembly,” he said.
Kaigama said the report was summarized into four volumes each for the Governor and his Deputy.
He also said that a letter of the panel’s findings was equally attached to the volumes.
“We have summarized our reports into eight volumes, four for governor Murtala Nyako and four for his deputy, Ngillari and a letter of our findings was included in the volumes submitted to the Assembly,” he said
According to Kaigama the volumes of the panel’s report submitted includes: letter of appointment, oath of office, proceedings and exhibits as well as findings of the panel.
Shortly after the presentation of the panel’s reports, the chairman of the panel told Journalists that the sitting of the panel was done publicly at the Federal Secretariat’s conference Hall in Yola, and he said the panel was fair and transparent adding that the report submitted was the true position of the investigative panel.
Speaker of the assembly, Fintiri, expressed gratitude to the chairman and members of the panel “for a job well done and for their recognition and appointment to serve the state.”
He told the panel that for the interest of democracy and Adamawa State, the assembly will consider the report at the appropriate time during its plenary session.