Al-Makura Spent N1bn To Lobby Politicians -Lawmaker


The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, alleged that the State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, spent N1bn to lobby some prominent politicians to save him from the impeachment move by the House.

The House committee Chairman on Information and Security, Mr. Baba Ibaku (PDP, Udege/Loko Constituency), stated this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lafia, the state capital.

Ibaku was reacting to an allegation by the All Progressives Congress that each of the lawmakers was given $180,000 to impeach the governor.

The lawmaker reiterated the commitment of the House to do its work in accordance with Section 188, Subsection (7) of the 1999 Constitution.

He said, “Two days ago, we were in the Akwanga Local Government holding a meeting and all of a sudden, we heard that the chairman of the local government went on air to announce that all the hotels in Akawanga should chase out the lawmakers and prevent them from holding any meeting in their hotels. Are we not indigenes of Nasarawa State?”

On the allegation by the APC that the lawmakers were given $180,000 from the Presidency to impeach the governor, he said he did not know anything about the money.

He denied that the lawmakers were being instigated by the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ibaku vowed that the lawmakers would do their work as appropriate to ensure the removal of the governor.

He, however, dismissed an allegation that the lawmakers had resolved to hold a mid-night session to set up a new panel that would investigate the governor.

According to him, the constitution does not permit any lawmakers to sit in the middle of the night and hold deliberation.

He asked, “How can we sit at night? The other day, the people of the state were accusing us that we sat at the Karu Local Government Area of the state in a beer parlour and had a kangaroo sitting, where we disbanded the seven-man panel set up by the state Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Suleiman Dikko.”

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