Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nigeria: War Drums In Adamawa State
Adamawa Gov. Murtala Nyako is under fire for his criticism
of the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
May 28, 2014

The mutual suspicion between the Governor Murtala Nyako and the State House of Assembly is degenerating.

By Umar Yusuf
Nigerian Vanguard

The on-again-off-again cordiality between Governor Murtala Nyako and the Speaker Umaru Fintiri led State House of Assembly seems to have taken a dive for the worse. Even more remarkably, word of an impeachment plot against the governor is in the air with a number of possible replacements being mentioned as being scrutinized to take over from Nyako.

Controversy beckoned on Governor Nyako when he circulated a blistering memo to northern governors in which he accused President Goodluck Jonathan of leading the Federal Government to commit genocide against the Northerners and secretly fueling the insurgency by the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

The memo attracted nation-wide condemnation, especially from the ruling political party and its allies. Even fellow governors from the region drew back from the memo.

It is now alleged that the impeachment process is Abuja’s own response to the Adamawa governor.

The threat gained some credibility when three All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers in the House decamped to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP making it that all 25 members in the House belong to the PDP.

Still yesterday, the State House of Assembly issued a two month ultimatum to the government to pay two months salary arrears to civil servants in the state who were not paid during a strike by civil servants in September and October, 2012. The legislators also directed the executive arm to pay civil servants in the state their deducted allowances for the month of May, 2014 within this week.

Failure, on the part of the executive to meet the two ultimatums, the assembly said it will term it as a contempt of the legislative proceedings.

But that is as much as the verified facts can be proved. After that are so many tales.

One tale circulating in Yola is that the lawmakers were invited by the influential governor from the Niger Delta who handed over N10 million to each of the lawmakers. However, along the way the middle man between the said governor and the lawmakers shortchanged the lawmakers by deducting N2 million from each of the lawmakers.

Another tale is that a number of politicians have been penciled down to step in when Nyako is removed.

Among them are Awwal Tukur, son of the immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo, Dr Umar Ardo, Mr. Markus Gundiri, Mr. James Barka, current Nigeria’s Ambassador to Tunisia, and the former Lagos State Military Administrator, Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd.), who recently dumped Nyako’s APC for PDP

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