Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo and George Okoh
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to impeach the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, using some members of the state House of Assembly.
The party said the recent impeachment threat issued on the governor by the Assembly on account of the violent crisis in Agyaragu area of the state was nothing but an orchestrated plan to destabilise the state.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, the party urged the legislators to tread with caution to avoid plunging the state into anarchy.
“This appears to be a well-rehearsed plot, orchestrated by the PDP high command, in furtherance of the political gerrymandering and destabilisation agenda of the ruling party,” he said.
Fashakin said the governor had showed his determination to tackle the problem, adding that he (the governor) had warned that the state was being made to assume the status of ‘a theatre of a communal violence.
According to the CPC spokesman, the party views the current state affairs as regrettable and unacceptable.
He alleged that the state legislators were being prodded by their national leaders, to bring the state into unimaginable instability with their legislative impropriety.
“ As a party, we are forced to react, through this statement, to the admonition of well-meaning individuals and institutions on the very precipitous path the state legislators have chosen to tread, “ he said.
Fashakin said it would be unfair for the CPC governor to be unfairly burdened with a problem that pre-dated his tenure and was not resolved by previous PDP-led administrations.
“Truly, on April 14, 2000 (under a PDP-led administration), the state was thrown into a communal crisis in the Agyragu area because of the location of the local government headquarters. Furthermore, under the same PDP-led administration, on January 18, 2002, the clash between two communities in the Awe local government area saw a few fatalities.
“What is curious is that there was never any impeachment threat on the previous PDP governors who were helmsmen in the previous dispensations during the crisis in the state. What is more, has Nigeria ever been enveloped under the cloud of insecurity as severe as with this PDP-led Federal Government? Yet the President has never been threatened with impeachment because of the intractable insecurity within the nation-space, “ he said.
The CPC spokesman said: “Due to the massive majority of the PDP in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, the legislators had chosen to thread the path of reckless partisanship and legislative indiscretion to resolve a problem of the state. Indeed, this smacks of abuse of legislative privilege and authority.”
“As a party, we strongly believe that a noxious impeachment plot on the state Chief Executive in a time of crisis is fore-boding and disingenuous.
“On the contrary, this should be the time for greater collaborative efforts between the executive and the legislature for the greater good of the people of Nasarawa State. We therefore call on the legislators to tread with caution,” he said.
In another development, following the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum given Al-Makura state Assembly to check recent violent in the state, the state Commissioner for Land, Survey and Town Planning, Mrs Sonny Agassi, has said the governor deserves commendation from Nasarawa people over his handling of security of lives and property in the state, as well as his general social services delivery.
The commissioner said the reaction by Migili ethnic group supporting the impeachment axe dangling over the governor’s head, was due to lack of information on the governor’s action.
“The group has a constitutional right to hold their opinion, and freely express themselves, but they acted as though they are not informed about the governor’s extraordinary show of concerns for the people of the state.
“The governor has demonstrated his resolve and commitment for security of lives and property; he has twice rushed out of Saudi Arabia-bound planes taking him for Hajj, he has twice turned back from Federal Government sponsored foreign trips; all of which came at period when certain communities were hit by violent crises.
“Besides, on that day Agyaragu was attacked, my boss, the governor was in Abuja. The next minute, he was heading back to Lafia, after he approved of a prompt visit by his deputy and cabinet members. He personally supervised the mobilisation of security personnel to the troubled spot, using phones. And displaced persons; what did he do? He made visits, and directed that I made visits, where we gave reliefs in terms of materials and cash. Pleases, such a governor deserves commendation, not condemnation from our youths. Our youths should think of what they can do to help the growth of our society, not what the system can do for them, all times,” Agassi said.