Politics Nasarawa: How Al-Makura Won Impeachment Battle



Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state today was exonerated of the impeachment charges levelled against him, dealing a big blow to the state assembly.

How did it all go down?

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Even though the panel was given up to three months to conclude its report on the investigation, it sat for just two weeks and thereafter dismissed all the charges levelled against Al-Makura.

The lead lawyer, Ulegede, in a follow up, presented a protest letter written by the lawmakers. The letter had argued that the committee had members who were card-carrying members of a political party, making their appointments contrary to Section 188 of the constitution.

According to him, the constitution does not give the Chief Judge absolute power to make such an appointment without a confirmation by the state Assembly. “Section 188 of the constitution spelt out clearly how the panel should be composed. They are three fundamental issues among which is that member of the panel cannot be a card carrying member of a political party. They cannot hold government appointment and that the panel does not have the power to set the rules of proceeding guiding the sitting”. He had argued.

The legislators’ legal team argued further that two members of the seven-member panel, Abdul Usman and Mohammed Keana were members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while Joel Galadima was on the payroll of the state government.

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