By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor, Ben Agande
As embattled Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State returns to Yola from Abuja today, there are indications that he might not honour the invitation of the seven-man probe panel, which has invited him to appear and answer to the allegations of misdeeds, as directed by the state House of Assembly.
He has, however, taken a crucial step towards appeasing aggrieved lawmakers, who have slammed an impeachment notice on him and his deputy, James Bala Ngilari.
As the impeachment moves against him thickened, the governor temporarily relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital, to seek help.
He was reported to be at the Presidential Villa on Monday, Tuesday and yesterday for some engagements and also meet with President Goodluck Jonathan, who was once his party leader.
The panel, yesterday, pasted the notice of invitation to the governor and his deputy on the walls of the Government House, deeming it sufficient for the purpose of its assignment.
The two page document dated July 9 and signed by the secretary of the panel under the seal of the chairman.
Why he won’t be present
However, a senior government official in Yola told Vanguard that Nyako was not going to honour the invitation as the panel had not deemed it fit to serve him and his deputy the impeachment notice as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution and directed by the court.
The source said appearing before the panel would give the impression that the House had complied with the relevant section of the law regarding the impeachment of a governor and give credence to what he called the “illegality being perpetuated” by enemies of the governor.
The source said: “The governor is not going to appear before the panel until they comply with the laws relating to the impeachment of any governor in Nigeria.
“If they insist that they have served the governor by pasting the notice on the walls, let them go and check what the position of law is on that matter.”
Nyako, it was gathered, will formally inaugurate the chairmen and secretaries of 34 Development Area Authorities, that had been set up but without administrative heads for many years, leading to a spat between the House of Assembly and the executive arm of government.
It could not be ascertained, at press time, if the move would even marginally appease the aggrieved lawmakers, who are bent on sending him away for alleged maladministration.
Nyako, who was in Abuja for most part of yesterday, was said to have also met with some key officials of the House of Assembly on Tuesday and yesterday night in an attempt to plead with them to stop the impeach-ment move against him.
But a source at the meeting said not much progress was made when the two parties met in Abuja, as most of the lawmakers insisted on going ahead with the plan to remove the governor.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyako has said that he was in support of former heads of state asking President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the dispute between him and the state House of Assembly.
Governor Nyako, who was at the presidential Villa yesterday, however, ruled out the possibility of his resignation, saying the matter was in court and he expected members of the state House of Assembly to obey court order.
While saying that he has not approached President Jonathan to intervene in the matter, he however said that there was nothing wrong asking the President to intervene if need be since he had also supported the President in the past.
Meantime, the panel had announced that it will commence sitting tomorrow having secured a venue for its deliberations at the secretariat of the state branch of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.