Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2012

Press Release: Nasarawa PDP-Led House of Assembly and Its Noxious Impeachment Plot


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The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) took notice of the
impeachment threat issued to the Nasarawa Governor, Umaru Tanko
Al-Makura, by the State House of Assembly on account of the violent
crisis in Agyaragu area of the state. This appears to be a
well-rehearsed plot, orchestrated by the PDP high command, in
furtherance of the political gerrymandering and destabilization agenda
of the ruling Party.
Indeed, the Governor showed his determination to tackle the problem
when he announced at a state-wide broadcast that: “it is, indeed, sad
that our state is being made to assume the status of ‘a theatre of a
communal violence, this is regrettable and unacceptable’’’. But the
State Legislators, urged on by their National Leaders, are committed
to bringing the state into unimaginable instability with their
legislative impropriety.
As a Party, we are forced to react, through this statement, to the
admonition of well-meaning individuals and institutions on the very
precipitous path the state Legislators have chosen to tread. The
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) queried why the CPC
governor was unfairly burdened with a problem that pre-dated his
tenure and was not resolved by previous PDP-led Administrations.
Truly, on 14th April, 2000 (under a PDP-led administration), Nasarawa
state was thrown into a communal crisis in the Agyragu area because of
the location of the local Government Headquarters. Furthermore, under
the same PDP-led administration, on 18th January, 2002, the clash
between two communities in the Awe Local Government saw a few
fatalities.
What is curious is that there was never any impeachment threat on the
previous PDP governors that were helmsmen during the previous
dispensations of crisis in the State. What is more, has Nigeria ever
been enveloped under the cloud of insecurity as severe as with this
PDP-led Federal Government? Yet the President has never been
threatened with impeachment because of the intractable insecurity
within the Nation-space. But because of the massive majority of the
PDP in the Nasarawa House of Assembly, the Legislators have chosen to
thread the path of reckless partisanship and legislative indiscretion
to resolve a problem of the State. Indeed, this smacks of abuse of
legislative privilege and authority!
As a Party, we strongly believe that a noxious impeachment plot on the
state Chief Executive in a time of crisis is fore-boding and
disingenuous. On the contrary, this should be the time for greater
collaborative efforts between the Executive and the Legislature for
the greater good of the people of Nasarawa State. We therefore call on
the Legislators to tread with caution.
God bless Nigeria.

Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
National Publicity Secretary, CPC

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