“We have started this” | Nasarawa lawmakers tell us when they will impeach Al-Makura

by Kolapo Olapoju

Gov. Al-Makura

Nasarawa State lawmakers have insisted that there is no plan to relent on their effort to impeach the state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura.

Members of the house of Assembly say they do not intend to go into negotiations with the traditional rulers of the state, who are trying to save the governor from being impeached.

Baba Ibaku, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, says the impeachment procedure was still very much on course, while also denying rumours that the state legislators had fled from the state capital.

“We have started this. We cannot go back, no matter the involvement of the chairman of traditional rulers. We are on recess, so we can choose to stay anywhere we feel like. Even if we are not on recess, there is no law that says we must stay in Lafia and the fact is that there is the need for us to go to the chamber. We will go to the chamber and come back,” he said.

The lawmaker also said that members of the House would stage a protest on Monday against any interference by the traditional rulers across the state while adding that any intervention by the traditional rulers would not prevent the lawmakers from carrying out their constitutional duty.

He said what happened in Adamawa State would be repeated in Nasarawa if Al-Makura failed to respond to the impeachment notice served on him within the time frame given.

Another lawmaker, Mohammed Okpede denied reports that lawmakers are being nudged by the traditional rulers to take N200million each as bribe to change their decision on the impeachment.

He said, “Up to this moment that I am talking to you, I have not seen the Emir of Lafia, Isah Mustapha Agwai, and none of our members have seen the emir. We are counting the days. We started about five days ago and when the time reaches, we will respond appropriately.

“We have the number of days stipulated in the constitution and as soon as the time reaches, we will just go back to the chamber and direct the chief judge of the state to set up a committee of inquiry for the governor to appear. We are on recess. Everybody has the liberty to go to anywhere he feels like.”

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