*Says those demonstrating against were sending the gov off
*As Assembly members relocate to Abuja
By Abel Daniel
LAFIA — The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, said that it would continue with the impeachment processes against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura despite demonstrations by some paid agents.
The chairman of the House Committee on Information, Baba Ibaku, told Vanguard on telephone that the impeachment would be carried out so that the world would not see the legislators as liars, pointing out that those demostrating over the matter were merely sending the governor off.
He spoke even as all the members have relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital for fear of attack by Al-Makura’s supporters.
His words: “The world will see us as liars if we withdraw the impeachment process at this stage. People who are telling us to discontinue do not understand what we are doing now.
“We are moving on to the next level where we shall direct the Chief Justice of the state to constitute a panel to investigate the allegations levelled against him.
’’That investigation takes a period of three months. They may finish before then. Then soon after that the deal will be done.
“No one out of the 20 members has withdrawn or is threatening to withdraw his signature for the impeachment, contrary to what some people are insinuating. We are on course. We are religiously following the provisions of the 1999 Constitution to perfect everything on this impeachment.”
Reacting to the series of demonstrations against the House’s decision, Ibaku said: “They are only sending Al-Makura off. He is going so that they will be happy and they will be happy for his exit soonest.
“When he took us to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, people were aware but they did not protest; when he mobilised his people to stone Assembly members at the Assembly complex, did anybody protest against that? He gave them money and as soon as the money gets exhausted, all the protesters will disappear.”