*Tension as mother-of-all-rallies holds in Lafia
By Abel Daniel, Lafia
The forces opposed to Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State seemed on course, yesterday, to impeach the governor as they declared there was no going back on the move.
Indeed, the notice of impeachment served on the embattled governor through the media (newspapers), after the bid by the Clerk of the state House of Assembly to personally serve him failed, enters the fifth day tomorrow, setting the stage for the House to direct the Nasarawa Chief Judge to raise a panel to investigate the 16 allegations of gross misconduct against Almakura.
To clear doubts that the move to impeach the Nasarawa governor was a ‘done-deal’, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Nasarawa opposition party whose 20 out of the 23 lawmakers in the state are spearheading the action to oust the governor, are staging a rally in Lafia, the state capital early this week.
The rally is dubbed, ‘the mother-of-all rallies’. Tension was high in the state capital, yesterday, as Almakura’s party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), was said to be planning a counter ‘mother-of-all-rallies’ across the state.
The police were apparently worried, last night, about the turn of events in the state.
A top security source told Sunday Vanguard that the Nasarawa State commissioner of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, was frantically appealing to both parties, considering the volatile nature of the state that just recovered from ethnic and religious crises, not to embark on the planned rallies as they may lead to another round of mayhem in the state.
Mid last week, no fewer than three persons were allegedly killed during the protests in Lafia by youths protesting against the move to impeach the Nasarawa governor.