Gov Nyako moves to stop inauguration of impeachment panel
Adamawa State Government has declared Monday and Tuesday work free days, in an obvious move to scuttle the inauguration of the seven-man impeachment panel constituted by acting Chief Judge of the state Justice Ambrose Mammadi, on Monday.
Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, the Director of Press to the state Governor, in a statement on Sunday evening announced that the government decided to declare the two days work free to afford the people of the state the opportunity to reflect on the current happenings in the country and to use the period to offer special prayers for peace in the state and the country at large.
According to the statement, “His Excellency Governor Murtala Nyako has approved Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th July as work free days in Adamawa State. This is to enable the people to reflect on the current happenings in the country and to use the period to offer special prayers for peace in the state and the country.
“The period is to also allow Adamawa workers reflect on their current challenges. It is also a thanks giving period for citizens to appreciate God's protection despite all the challenges.”
The declaration of the work-free days is seen by political pundits as a move calculated at scuttling the inauguration of the impeachment panel by the acting CJ whose tenure will expire on 8th July, 2014.
However, legal experts and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have dissed the action of the governor, saying that it would not save him.
An online news portal, Newsdiary, quotes a constitutional lawyer in the state Barrister Joshua Sunday Wugira as arguing that the decision of the state government would not affect the constitution of the investigative panel.
According to the lawyer, the extension of the tenure of the acting CJ is the exclusive reserve of the National Judicial Council.
The lawyer believes that with the prevailing situation in Adamawa, the NJC has will take the appropriate action.
Besides, it is also his view the governor has no right to interfere with the tenure of an acting CJ when it expires adding that the issue has become the exclusive right of the NJC to decide whether to extend the tenure of the acting CJ or not.
Also reacting , the State Secretary of the PDP in the state Barr.A.T Shehu noted that section 188 subsection 1- 10 provides that once the committee has been set up, any high court judge or notary public can inaugurate.
He said that the party was not perturbed with the antics of the government.
While Governor Murtala Nyako's camp insists that the CJ has no constitutional right to perform such hefty duty of inaugurating the investigative panel against a governor, the PDP camp makes light of the governor's position.
It contends that the constitution permits someone other than the acting CJ to inaugurate the Committee.