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
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
"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
The Presidency earlier this week distanced itself from
- CAJ News
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