Bala Ngilari, former Adamawa State Deputy Governor on Wednesday explained why he forwarded his resignation letter to the state legislature and not ousted governor, Murtal Nyako, as requested by the law.
It would be recalled that Ngilari’s resignation was read on the floor of the Adamawa Assembly on Tuesday and accepted by the lawmakers few minutes before Nyako, was impeached.
On Wednesday, Ngilari said he was aware of the constitutional provision but was advised against doing so by the lawmakers.
“The truth is that I have not sent any letter of resignation to the governor up till now,” he told journalists.
“The representatives of the House only came to my house yesterday (Monday) asking me to tender my resignation and address the letter to the Speaker of the House which I did.
“When the lawmakers led by the Deputy speaker met and asked me to write the resignation, I wrote it to the governor. But they asked me to change it and address it to the speaker”.
Nyako had on Tuesday called for the reinstatement of his Deputy, which would have seen the latter being sworn in as the governor of the state.
In a statement by Ahmad Sajoh, his aide on Press and Public Affairs, Nyako cited Section 306 (5) of the Nigerian constitution, which requires the Deputy to send his resignation letter to the sitting Governor.
“No such was written to him, none was received by him and none was approved by him. It should, therefore, be known that in the eyes of the law, the deputy governor has not resigned. Barrister Bala James Ngillari is still the Deputy Governor of Adamawa state,” he said.
“This clarification is necessary to avert another subversion of the constitution, since the order processes relating to the impeachment saga have all been in contravention of the constitution and the law. We wish to observe that the continued abuse of the constitution and the law of the land will spell doom for our democracy.”