Atiku Angry Over Nyako's Impeachment, Warns PDP

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned against the excessive use

of power by the PDP-led federal government, a tendency, he said, was not

good for decent democratic practice.
Atiku, who was reacting to the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of

Adamawa State, said in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja

that wielding the axe of impeachment against elected public office holders

to settle scores by the PDP-led federal government would needlessly build

up tension in the country.
The former Vice President said the reckless use of impeachment to settle

scores could not have been the intention of the framers of the 1999

He said the frequency with which elective officials were being shot down

by impeachment would destroy the whole purpose of inserting the

impeachment clause in the Constitution.
He regretted that the use of impeachment to harass and humiliate perceived

opponents by the PDP-led federal government would ultimately bastardize

the spirit in which the constitution provides for the impeachment clause.

The former Vice President admonished the PDP-led federal government to

take it easy in the way they use power, adding that the constitution was

not meant to provide ammo to anybody to harass and humiliate opponents or

force them out of office.
He criticized the use of financial inducements to influence the removal of

perceived opponents from office. According to him, triumphalism in the

suppression of opponents is a bad omen for democracy.