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APC lashes PDP on Nasarawa panel dissolution

31 July 2014, 16:36

Abuja - All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the People's Democratic Party members of the Nasarawa House of Assembly for demanding the dissolution of a panel established to probe Governor, Umaru Al-Makura.

The opposition said such demands "unreasonable, unconstitutional and way too late."

The seven-member panel was set up to probe the impeachment charges against the governor.

In a statement issued in Abuja today by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said, "The demand by the lawmakers shows they either have a very poor understanding of the Constitution or they are blinded by their desperation to impeach Governor Al-Makura."

''Either way, they have boxed themselves into a tight corner. Holding an illegal sitting in Abuja with a fake mace is as ridiculous as the demand by the lawmakers for the dissolution of the panel set up by the Chief Judge."

APC cited Section 188 (5) of the Constitution which it said was "clear."

'Within seven days of the passing of a motion under the foregoing provisions of this section, the Chief Judge of the state shall, at the request of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, appoint a panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation as provided in this section'.

''It is important to point out to the desperate lawmakers that the key words in that section is that the Chief Judge must appoint persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity. At this juncture, it is neither the opinion of the Speaker nor that of the legislators that counts, it is the opinion of the Chief Judge," the party stated.

''Therefore, neither the Speaker, the lawmakers nor the Chief Judge can dissolve the panel at this stage, and none of them can stop the impeachment process. Once the Chief Judge has appointed the panel under section 188 (5), he becomes 'functus officio', that is he has no further powers on the matter. This is the situation of things at present and the lawmakers can only await the report of the panel,'' APC added.

APC said, however, that it was not surprised by the call for the dissolution of the panel by the PDP members.

"The call fell within the realm of the runaway impunity for which the PDP and the Jonathan administration have become infamous."

- CAJ News

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