Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned renewed plans by the Nasarawa House of Assembly to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
According to the opposition party, the state lawmakers' move was unconstitutional as a duly constituted impeachment panel had cleared the governor of the charges leveled against him.
The party's National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it would amount to an illegality for the lawmakers to draft a pliant vacation judge, as it had been reported, to set up another panel to probe the allegations over which the Governor has been absolved of any wrongdoing.
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He said the Constitution was clear that only the Chief Judge of the state could set up such a panel.
The APC spokesperson also said Al-Makura could not be impeached on the basis of the same allegations.
"This latest move by the legislators, who are now marooned in Abuja instead of their base in Lafia, is being instigated by the PDP is not in doubt, irrespective of the unconvincing and tepid denial from the party. That this illegality is being contemplated under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan is clear for all to see," APC stated.
"In fact, it is in line with the culture of lawlessness and impunity for which the Jonathan administration has now become infamous. This is the only reason why the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, from Nasarawa State could be goading the state legislature to disregard the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its avowed determination to remove the Governor, for no reason other than he belongs to the opposition."
- CAJ News