Jonathan meets Nasarawa Speaker

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 24th, 2014
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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met with the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Musa Mohammed, and the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Nasarawa House of Assembly dominated by the PDP with 20 members to All Progressives Congress (APC’s) four members have been pushing for the impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura (APC).

There have been street protests by some youths in the state, following the Assembly’s impeachment move.

The lawmakers listed 16 charges of gross abuse of public office against the governor.

Speaking with reporters after the meeting with the President, Speaker Mohammed, who was accompanied by some principal officers of the House, declined to give details of the meeting.

He said: “It is a private visit. I don’t have the mandate of the Assembly to brief the press.

“The Chairman of the  Committee on Information has the mandate to speak to the press on anything concerning impeachment.”

Secondus, who emerged from the President’s office, a few minutes later, also declined to give details of the discussion at the meeting.

“It’s consultation. I can’t say whatever now. We are consulting,” he stated.

Governor Al-Makura told his supporters to resist any attempt to remove him from office by the lawmakers.

The governor spoke at the Government House in Lafia, when some protesters visited him.

“The resistance is based on the fact that the present government in the state was democratically put in place by the Nasarawa electorate through a transparent election.

He added: “The APC administration in the state is transparent and adherence to due process.

What happened yesterday at the House of Assembly was a true violation of rule of law and APC is set to march on them, and when it starts to march on the plot against APC by the frustrated PDPmembers, the world would come to know the true situation.”

APC Chairman in the North Central Zone Zakari Edeh said theAssembly is plotting to impeach the governor because “they are afraid of meeting the governor at the poll during the 2015 governorship race.”

He urged the people to collectively resolve not to allow the assembly ruin the state as according to him, “the arrangement Al-Makura had with Nasarawa electorate was to complete his tenure and add another four years.”


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