Al-Makura Impeachment: CACOL Condemns Renewed Plan, Cautions Lawmakers

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Aug 19th, 2014
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The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has condemned the renewed plan by the Nassarawa State House of Assembly to impeach the Governor of the state, Mr. Tanko Al-Makura.
The aggrieved lawmakers, who are unhappy that the governor was cleared of all the allegations they previously levelled against him, have been said to have hatched a fresh plot to impeach the governor within a week.
Speaking on behalf of the Coalition, its Executive Chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran, who described the new plot as an act of desperation, enjoined the lawmakers to tread with caution.
He said, “Procedure had been followed, they ordered the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Dikko to set up the panel that made enquiry and he did so based on the extant laws, why is it that they want to dictate the pace at which the judicial procedure would go? They can’t eat their cake and have it. Are they saying that the portion that says they should set up a judicial panel to investigate the veracity of allegations made against the governor before he is impeached was unnecessary? Or why didn’t they outlaw that portion before they began the procedure?
Now, if they didn’t believe in their own judiciary, why didn’t they make the amendment or why is it that they didn’t outrightly usurp the functions of the judiciary arm of government?
There should be separation of powers; there should be checks and balances. What they judiciary in that state has done was to have checked the excesses of the legislature and that is the role of checks and balances. Separation of Power demands that they only have a role to begin the procedure; they cannot carry it out completely.

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