President Goodluck Jonathan unsuccessfully tried to settle the dispute between the Nasarawa State lawmakers and Governor Umaru Al-Makura, the Minority Leader, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Tanko Maikatako, said on Wednesday.
Mr. Maikatako said the president appealed to the lawmakers to opt for dialogue rather than impeach Mr. Al-Makura, but that the legislators insisted on removing the governor.
“The President’s efforts toward peace were not successful due to selfishness among the lawmakers”, Mr. Maikatako, who represents Lafia Central constituency, said in Lafia.
“The President met with us and appealed to us to go back and meet with the governor to iron out the issues, but the members refused,” he added.
Mr. Maikatako, a member of Mr. Al-Makura’s All Progressives Congress, APC, said he was very surprised at the development.
“We don’t know why it happened that way. If the president himself, the PDP leader in the country, appeals to his colleagues to return to Nasarawa, meet the governor to iron out issues, they should have come back”, he opined.
Mr. Maikatako said the lawmakers’ insistence on ignoring Mr. Jonathan’s peace offer snowballed into the political crisis. He accused the 20 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, legislators of being selfish.
“Their resolve to go ahead with the impeachment of Gov. Umaru Almakura was selfishly motivated,” said Mr, Maikatako, who said that the lawmakers did not have an iota of evidence to substantiate their claims against the governor.
“As it is, the lawmakers must come back. That was what Mr President advised them to do; they must meet the governor and iron out the issues”, he said.
He appealed to his colleagues to return to the state to tackle issues that were beneficial and had direct bearing on the lives of the electorate “instead of looking for ‘every trick’ to oust the governor”.
“It is not too late for us to achieve much for our people. Let the lawmakers come back so that we can continue our work.
“There are lots of executive bills that are of immense benefit to the electorate. We resumed yesterday (Tuesday), but they are nowhere to be found”, he said.
The investigative panel set up by the Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Dikko, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Mr. Al-Makura, Tuesday, dismissed the allegations for lack of evidence as the lawmakers did not substantiate their claims.
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
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