By Iro Babayola
Impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has said that he accepts his impeachment by the House of Assembly in good faith, but insists that he would challenge his ouster in court to set the records straight.
Reacting to his removal from office on Tuesday, the governor, through his director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, questioned the process leading to his impeachment, saying that he would approach the courts to challenge the state Assembly’s action.
Nyako was sacked amidst tight security on Tuesday morning just after the state House of Assembly deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconducts against the governor and his deputy.
The deputy governor, Bala James Ngillari, tendered his resignation few minutes to the impeachment.
There was high security presence in the state capital particularly on the roads leading to the Assembly and inside the complex and only staff and journalists were being allowed access into the legislative house.
Eighteen out of the 25 members of the Assembly adopted the report of the panel after Speaker Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri read the report on the floor of the House.
The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him by the House. It was also endorsed by all members of the panel.
The motion for the governor’s impeachment was moved by member representing Gombi constituency Jerry Kumdisi.
The motion was seconded by Kwamoti Laori, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly who represents Numan constituency.
All the 18 members present at the meeting signed the resolution removing the governor. The House also passed a motion that the Speaker should be sworn in as the state’s acting governor.
Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the Speaker after which the lawmakers approved it.
It would be recalled that the report of the seven-member investigative panel, appointed to probe allegations of financial impropriety against the governor and his deputy submitted its report to the House on Monday.