Lawyers of the embattled Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, have written a letter to the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, urging him to shun the calls to dissolve the panel set up to investigate the impeachment allegations levelled against the governors.
It was learnt that the letter written by the governor’s lawyers followed an earlier one sent to the CJ by the counsel for the House of Assembly, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), asking the Justice Dikko to disband the panel because it was allegedly constituted contrary to constitution provisions.
The lawmakers through their counsel had said the panel constituted by the CJ did not meet the expectations of section 188(5) of the constitution.
The lawmakers had also requested the Chief Judge to set up a fresh panel.
But Al-Makura’s lead counsel to the governor, Chief Nnoruka Udechukwu (SAN), in their own letter, asked the CJ to reject the lawmakers’ quest.
Udechukwu is leading Olufunke Aboyade (SAN), Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, Kehinde Aina, O.O. Adelye, Olatoye Akinbode, Abdulwashi Musah, C.J. Mbachu and Benjamin Nwosu, in the governor’s legal team.
A copy of their letter read in part, “Your Lordship is functus officio and lacks the authority under the constitution to disband a panel which you have set under section 188(5) of the constitution.
“All ministers in the temple of justice should well advise themselves to abide by the letters and spirit of the 1999 constitution.
“The point we are making is that whoever is seriously aggrieved by any step taken by your Lordship under Section 188(5) of the constitution should follow constitutional stipulations in pursuit of that grievances and not to politicise a serious constitutional matter without minding the damage such negative action would do to the constitution and to organs of government which draw their legitimacy there from.”
The panel, which is headed by Yusuf Shehu Usman will resume sitting on Monday in Lafia.