BY UMAR YUSUF
Yola—There were indications that loyalists of Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy, Balla Ngillari in the impeachment saga are getting upper hands.
The House of Assembly currently on two weeks recess met Monday at a special session to adopt the rules and proceedings of the June 18, 2014 where the house directed its clerk, to serve the Governor
and his Deputy with the impeachment notice.
The session was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Kwamoti La’ori, even as the Speaker, majority leader, and other principal officers were absent.
At the plenary session, the member representing Hong Constituency, Mr Wafama Amfari raised an issue of constitutional matter to the effect that the decision of the House to serve Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy were purely for their alleged gross misconduct.
There and then, the Deputy Speaker and Presiding officer, Mr. Kwamoti La’ori invited the clerk of the House to come forward and furnish the members with the resolution of the House on the 18th June, 2014 which directed him to serve the Governor and his Deputy with the impeachment notice.
When the clerk Mr. Francis Gansenso emerged, he told the House that he could not serve the Governor and his Deputy owing to the fact that they could not be located.
The clerk disclosed that he has visited the offices of the Governorand his Deputy severally, but without positive results.
Meanwhile, a Yola High Court presided over by the Acting Chief Judge,Mr Justice Ambrose Mamadi has dismissed an application by the House of Assembly to serve Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy the impeachment notice, through the media.
In the suit, the Assembly prayed the court to grant its application in the face that the Governor and his Deputy cannot be seem personally for them to receive the impeachment notice.
In his ruling, the Acting Chief Judge ruled that in view of holding of the Supreme Court Judgment ”in case of Inikojo and Adeleke to which I am bound, I refused to excise my discretion to grant the application sought by the House of Assembly.
“I hold the service of the notice of allegation against the respondents must be personal service” the acting Chief Judge ruled.”
The acting Chief Judge, Mr. Justice Ambrose Mamadi further said that I resolved the issue for determination in the negative, I refused the application, it is accordingly dismissed.
Meanwhile, a group known as Adamawa Progressive Movement, APM, has condemned moves by members of the state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Murtala Nyako, saying that the plot was aimed at further destabilising the state.