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Lawyer seeks Jonathan action on Adamawa impeachment

22 July 2014, 14:37

Abuja - Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan faulting the process which led to the impeachment of Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako.

Following the decision by members of the State House of Assembly, Keyamo is seeking for Jonathan to intervene in what he called described as "a comedy of errors".

Keyamo said that while the members of the Adamawa State Legislature had the constitutional powers to impeach an erring governor, the process through which it was carried out, was fraught with errors.

Keyamo stated that the fact that the Deputy Governor's letter of resignation was addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly while the Governor was yet to be impeached, made the impeachment process improper.

He noted that the  constitution provided that such a letter of resignation by a deputy governor must be addressed to the governor and copied to members of the state assembly.

"The mere fact that the deputy governor's letter was not addressed to the governor, his resignation remains a nullity and makes the acting government currently in place, an illegal government," he said.

He noted that in the "face of the law", the deputy governor remained the substantive governor of the state until such a time a new election is conducted.

Keyamo pleaded with the President to save the situation is the state by calling parties in the crisis to order.

"I am extremely worried that the nation may be gradually sliding into a state of anomie if Your Excellency turns a blind eye and deaf ears to the various illegalities that have characterised the process employed in the gale of impeachments, or threatened impeachments and/or removal of elected representatives of the people in various parts of this country," he wrote. 

" In some cases, it is political considerations and maneuverings that becloud the sense of reasoning of the dramatis personae so much so that the proper constitutional requirements for such processes are thrown overboard."

The Presidency earlier this week distanced itself from the impeachment.

- CAJ News

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