by Dare Lawal
The members of the Nasarawa state assembly are determined to impeach the state governor, Tanko Al-makura, just like their counterparts in Adamawa did. They have now said that not even the intervention of the council of traditional rulers in the state can stop them.
Lawmakers said that there is no negotiation and no going back on the matter. In fact, the lawmakers have said that they would lead a protest in Lafia, the state capital on Monday to protest against the interference of the traditional rulers.
Traditional rulers in Lafia, including the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapa Agwai, had on Thursday promised to initiate a peace move between the governor and the lawmakers. They called on the lawmakers to halt the impeachment moves against the governor.
According to the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, Mr. Baba Ibaku, representing Udege/Loko Constituency: “We have started this. We cannot go back, no matter the involvement of the chairman of traditional rulers.”
He denied insinuations that the state legislators had fled from the state capital.
“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.y.
He said what happened in Adamawa State would happen in Nasarawa if Al-Makura failed to respond to the impeachment notice served on him within the time frame given.
Another lawmaker, Mohammed Okpede, commented on the proposed visit of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress—Maj.- Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Bola Tinubu, and ex-Vice- President Atiku Abubakar to Lafia on Monday (today), to protest against the impeachment move against the governor. He said, “That is their problem. They are troublemakers and if peradventure they come, we are not going to join issue with them.”
He said the APC leaders would not hinder the lawmakers from performing their constitutional duty.