Legislators Impeach Governor of Adamawa State

by Omolola Odugbesan
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has been impeached from office by the Adamawa State House of Assembly .
His deputy, Bala James Ngillari in order to avoid impeachment  also tendered his resignation letter to the House.
The letter which was read to the House by the Speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was received shortly  before the investigation report of a seven-man group led by Buba Kaigama to look into the misconduct allegation filed against Nyako and his Deputy.
According to Tribune Newspaper Ngillari wrote: “I kindly wish to notify you of my resignation from office as Deputy Governor forthwith”.
The motion for the adoption of the resignation was moved by Honorable Kwamoti Laori a member of the Assembly was seconded by Honorable Wafarn Theman.
 The meeting was attended by 17 members agreed to  Ngillari’s resignqation, while the speaker  had earlier read out the report of Nyako’s misconduct  allegation which found him and his deputy guilty of 16 out of the 20 allegations filed against them.
Part of the allegations that was filed against  Nyako are: non-payment of civil servant  salaries, running of the affairs of the government with family and  friends, appointment of one of his wives as the Chairperson of the State Action Committee on AIDS[SACA] among others.
To this end, one of the members of the House present at the siting then urged his colleagues  to adopt the report while he was seconded by Honorable Laori who pointed that the House had  met two-third of the requirement necessary to adopt the  report which found the governor guilty.
The Speaker  however ran through  the signature of the 18 members who signed the adoption of the report  before putting the section 189(9)of the 1999 constitution into use by announcing that  Governor Nyako was removed from office.
Honorable Laori who quoted section 191(1)and (2) of the constitution,moved that the speaker be sworn in as the Acting Governor since the offices of the Governor and the Deputy were vacant.
The motion  which stated that Honourable Fintiri should be the acting Governor for three months before election is conducted,  was seconded by Honuorable Adamu and was completely agreed to by other members.

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