Fresh facts emerged last night as to why the Adamawa State Government is yet to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission on the removal of Governor Murtala Nyako through impeachment.
A competent source in Yola told Vanguard last night that strategists in the new government were contemplating taking steps to allow the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, to serve out the remaining tenure of Nyako rather than going for a by‑election to bring in another person.
Among the steps being considered by the pro‑Fintiri group is the adoption of the now famous “Doctrine of Necessity,” which they deem to have become imperative in the state following the removal of Nyako.
Under the plan, the protagonists are to approach the National Assembly to invoke Section 191 of the amended Constitution to pave the way for Fintiri to carry on till the end of Nyako’s tenure in May 2015 as was done for President Goodluck Jonathan by the lawmakers when President Umaru Yar’Adua died in 2010.
The arrangement, according to informed sources, was to enable the new governor to have a firm grip on the reins of power with a view to consolidating his political base and be able to contest the gubernatorial election next year.
Those, who hatched the plot, were said to have reasoned that allowing Fintiri to leave office just after 90 days would leave him worse off politically, given the risk he took in working to edge out Nyako and his deputy, Ngilari.
A source close to the Adamawa State Government House said, yesterday, that the House of Assembly did not seem to be in a hurry to write the INEC on the existence of vacancy in the government House following the removal of Nyako.
According to a source, AThe impression they give is that the House of Assembly is on vacation but they forget to say that the Clerk of the House is not on leave and can issue the letter and send to Abuja. It is clear to us that the new administration intends to hold on to power beyond the stipulated three months given the rush by the acting governor to appoint commissioners, special assistants and the SSG when it should be working hard to conduct the by‑election to bring in the governor.