Murtala Nyako, the former Governor of Adamawa State has expressed optimism that he will return to office as the state governor because the lawmakers didn’t follow the laid down procedure in removing him.
The ousted governor made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his media adviser, Mr. Sajoh Ahmed, a copy obtained by Vanguard.
The former governor, who had alreadyfiled an appeal at the Appeal Court challenging his removal, said there were justifiable reasons to prove that he was unjustly impeached from office by his opponents, who breached the constitutional rules to achieve their aim.
Nyako expressed hope that the court would return him to office because the process leading to his forceful and undemocratic impeachment was illegal.
According to him, the Nigerian judiciary, which is made up of men of integrity and honour, would not find it difficult to restore him to his seat based on evidence that his opponents breached all the provisions of the law to remove him from office due to political reasons.
Nyako further noted that he was optimistic because the judiciary had in the past reversed the removal of governors Joshua Dariye of Plateau, Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo and Peter Obi of Anambra, hence it won’t be difficult for him to be restored as well since he was forced out of office by desperate people.
Nyako, however, advised his supporters to accept the current reality and prepare for the October 15 by-election, which he said would be a repeat of the scenario in Anambra State when Andy Uba emerged the governor after winning an election, but later vacate the seat after 16 days following the court decision which returned Peter Obi.
Meanwhile, it’s been forty days since Nyako was removed from office. It would be recalled that Nyako was impeached from office by the state lawmakers after he was found guilty of corruption charges. The former governor was to be probed over N82billion debt profile by the Government as reported on July 28, 2014. His removal from office also led to mass defection from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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