Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adamawa Assembly serves Governor Nyako and Deputy with impeachment notice

The Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, yesterday directed the Clerk of the House to serve Gov. Murtala Nyako and his Deputy, Mr Bala Ngilari, notice of impeachment “for gross misconduct”.

The development followed a motion on Constitutional Matter raised by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Laori Kwamoti (PDP-Numan).

He cited Section 188 of the constitution and presented a document containing allegations of gross misconduct against the governor, which he said was signed by 19 of the 25 members of the Assembly.

Shortly after the consideration and endorsement of Kwamoti’s document, Malam Usman Abdulkareem (PDP- Nasarawo/Binyeri) also said he had received allegation of gross misconduct against the deputy governor signed by eight members of the Assembly.

The Speaker, who perused through the two notices, said they had complied with the provision of the constitution, having met the one-third requirement for an impeachment of any of the two officers to commence.

The Speaker subsequently directed the Clerk of the house to serve separate notices to the affected personalities and all the 25 members.of the state Assembly.

Speaking to newsmen on the development, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Adamu Kamale (PDP-Michika), said the governor and his deputy served the notices.

“Whether they reply or not, the house, would sit on the matter after two weeks, ” Kamale said.

Reacting to the development, Gov. Murtala Nyako, through his Director, Press and Public Affairs, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, described it as a "selfish move".

“Members of the House are planning something that will end up making them the sole beneficiaries, where the Speaker will be the acting governor and the deputy speaker becomes the deputy governor.”

This is the second time Nyako will be served impeachment notice. The first time was in 2008.

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