The Peoples Democratic Party has said President Goodluck Jonathan should be left out of the ongoing crisis rocking the ranks of some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
It listed the impeachment of the former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako(retd.), and the plan to also sack the Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura, as examples of such states having problems.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has accused both the PDP and the Presidency of bribing the lawmakers in Adamawa to impeach Nyako.
The APC said each lawmaker in the state got $300,000 to sack the governor, while in Nasarawa, each lawmaker was said to have been given N75m each to remove Al-Makura.
While debunking these allegations, the PDP said bad governance was responsible for the woes that befell Nyako and the one it said was on the way for Al-Makura, who were both elected on the platform of the APC.
The National Auditor of the ruling party and its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju and Chief Olisa Metuh respectively, stated this in separate statements in Abuja on Sunday.
In his statement, Adeyanju also debunked the alleged involvement of the ruling party in the last week’s impeachment of Nyako by the State House of Assembly.
He said, “I challenge the APC and its leaders to come out with their facts that President Goodluck Jonathan was involved in the impeachment saga so as to convince Nigerians and the international community that they were sure of what they are saying or shut up and stop feeding the members of the Public with tissue of lies.
“The questions we should be asking ourselves are that did the law makers follow the Constitution of the land?
“Did they follow due process? Were they served with impeachment notices for them to defend themselves?
“This is a mere accusation and it will not work. Nyako was served with impeachment notice to appear before a seven -man panel to defend himself against all the allegations levelled against him and he refused to obey.
“Instead of doing this, he went ahead to declare two days holiday for reasons best known to him while his deputy resigned when he knew that the game was up.”
He said in the case of Al-Makura,the House wanted to serve him impeachment notice on several occasions but he refused service before the lawmakers went ahead and published it in the newspapers.
Metuh, in his statement, also described the sacking of Nyako as act act of democracy.
He said it was a constitutional right granted exclusively to the people of Adamawa State and that they exercised such through the votes of the overwhelming majority of the elected members of the State House of Assembly who he said, also accorded rule of law and due process the rightful place in removing Nyako.
Metuh said it was unfortunate that the APC that claimed to champion the rights of the people to choice of leadership was the same party turning against the constitutionally guaranteed right of the people to withdraw legitimacy through impeachment and recall.
He said, “It is really an irony but what does one expect from the APC that is undergoing febrile seizure over the furious collapse of its imagined dominance of Nigeria’s political space?
“It is not surprising that the drowning, who is striving to clutch on any available straws would turn the PDP into a scape goat.”
He advised the APC to look inwards in finding answers to its alleged woes and leave the PDP out of it.
Metuh said, “If a sitting governor, who has spent over seven years in office, could be removed by more than two-third of the members of his state Assembly, reasons should be located to fundamental factors within rather than the trite excuses of external influence.
“How did almost the entire members of the state assembly, some of whom were his allies, turn against Nyako?
“Those who buy into the APC’s wild allegations of external influence and monetary inducement will only submit to the illogical because of the impossibility that there is no member among the 24 out of 28 member assembly with conscience to reject such influence.
“And if the APC insists that Nyako’s decampment is the reason for his impeachment, we also ask why the Adamawa electorates whom he had served for over seven years raised no hoot in defence of him.
“The APC must therefore go back to the reasons tabled by the Adamawa Assembly instead of desecrating and discrediting the citadel of democracy which has been its hobby for sometime.
“That the sins of Nyako were not punished earlier until ‘yesterday’ as it argued does not make them less, even obviate or offer remission. The law, it is said, has a long arm. The time it catches up with an offender is immaterial to the gravity of the offence.”