Impeachment Saga:I won’t resign –Gov #Nyako

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Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako said yesterday that he will not resign over the impeachment threat against him and his deputy, James Ngilari.

He also said the situation was not bad enough to seek help from President
Goodluck Jonathan.

Nyako was in the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday to attend the inauguration of the steering committee of the Safe School Initiative. He is one of the five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors who defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) last year.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the event, Nyako claimed the state was calm, noting that since the issue was before the court, he expected the lawmakers to obey the rules of law.

He said, “well, it is in the court and the court said it was not properly done. We are hoping that if they want to do it, they will do it following the due process in whatever they want to do.”

Asked if he had sought the President’s intervention, he replied: “Not yet. It has not reached that crisis point.” He,
however, did not rule out the possibility of calling for help from Mr. President when the need arises, hoping that he
would step in since the state had also been there for him, he too would intervene when it matters.

“We have supported him all this time; he has supported us and in situations like these when Mr. President’s support is required, we will seek it.”

On whether he would resign, Nyako also said he was not considering that option yet. Asked to confirm if some former
Heads of State had spoken to the President on his behalf,Nyako simply said: “That will be excellent.”

On the rumour that he plans to return to PDP, Nyako noted that, “quite frankly, you know how I joined PDP and partisan
politics in the first place. It is not really my field. My field is known. You know what I was before. We are straightforward;we have two distinctions; loyalty and disloyalty; two separate pieces. But one of the politicians told me that there are a lot
of things in-between loyalty and disloyalty which up till this moment, I have not appreciated. So, for me, disloyalty with this type of attitude with Nigerian politics of today you are
likely to step on toes of a few.”

Nyako had been facing serious impeachment threat from members of the state House of Assembly for about two weeks. While he has put in several measures to ward off the threat, the lawmakers and the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, had proceeded with the impeachment processes, relying on allegations of fraud and nepotism levelled against him and Ngilari.

Recall that the House served Nyako 20 impeachment offences against his deputy’s six. Ngilari, a lawyer, faulted
the lawmakers’ procedure. On Monday this week, the seven-member panel was inaugurated, met at a private hotel in
Yola, the state capital amid tight security. A military Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was deployed on the
street where the hotel was located. By Tuesday, owners of the hotel barred the members from using their facility. An
attempt to secure another premises was not successful.

However, the problem was resolved yesterday when the panel finally commenced sitting, while preliminary work and public hearing were concluded at the Auditorium of the Ribadu Square in the state capital. The panel has settled for the secretariat of the State Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.

The members preferred a central point, and more convenient for the purpose of the investigation, hence they chose J&J Holdings Villa.

The panel which announced tomorrow, July 11 as its commencement of sittings, has served Governor Nyako and Ngilari with notice of hearing by pasting it on the entrances of the Government House and at the Deputy Governor’s Office.

The development has attracted a crowd where the residents learnt about the situation report.

The pasting of the notice has attracted all and sundry, as members of the public have continued to read and find out for themselves, about the latest development on the impeachment saga.

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