By JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA—THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to challenge in court, Tuesday’s impeachment of Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa State just as it accused President Goodluck Jonathan of being behind the action of the state’s lawmakers.
The party equally accused the President of being the architect of last Monday’s impeachment notice served on Governor Umaru Al Makura of Nasarawa State.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, alleged that the President offered each member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly $300,000 as part payment to impeach Nyako.
He also alleged that “some N500 million has been moved to Nasarawa to induce the state’s lawmakers to impeach Governor Al Makura just as he said that in Edo State, each lawmaker had allegedly been offered N75 million to impeach Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s action against the governors was because of their membership of the opposition party, warning that if the President was not called to order, the hope of sustaining the country’s fragile democracy would be dashed.
He said the President was guiltier of the charges which the state lawmakers leveled against governors they were threatening with impeachment.
Odigie Oyegun said: “Who is guiltier of gross misconduct than a President who is frittering away our common-wealth to induce perfidious legislators to impeach their state Governors?”
Odigie-Oyegun said President Goodluck Jona-than’s obsession with his re election bid was a clear danger to the country’s democracy and called on well-meaning Nigerians to call the president to order before he destroys democracy in the country.
He said: “Never in the history of our dear nation has any President waged war on the country the way this President is doing. Never in the history of our country has any President desecrated national institutions like this President is doing to the very institutions that sustain democracy.
“Never in the history of our country have our people been so divided along ethnic, religious, political and social lines, with poverty rising astronomically in the backdrop of a claimed rapid growth in the nation’s GDP.
“We warn that excessive political greed will always have its consequences. Any student of Nigeria’s contemporary history will realise what acts of impunity and desperation to win elections at all cost did to the country in 1965, 1983 and 1993, just to mention a few.
“We call on all friends of Nigeria to prevail on President Jonathan to apply the brakes in his obsessive quest for power, because every action has consequences.
“It is time for those who can still get the ears of this President to remind him that his ambition is not worth the destruction of a whole country.”