Adamawa State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has hailed the verdict nullifying the impeachment of ex-Governor Murtala Hammanyero Nyako, saying the verdict has exonerated him from all allegations leveled against him by the anti-graft agencies.
Mr. Nyako, one of the five group of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors also known as G-5 governors, who defected to the APC, was sacked from office in July 2014 by the State House of Assembly following deliberations on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconducts against him.
Seventeen of the 25 members of the Assembly adopted the report of the panel after then Speaker Umaru Fintiri read the report on the floor of the House.
The report found Nyako guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House.
However, the former governor’s impeachment was reversed by the Court of Appeal on Thursday, saying it was not done in accordance with the provision of the law.
In the lead judgment read by Justice Tunde Ayotoye, all the judges unanimously agreed that Mr. Nyako was not given fair hearing in the impeachment proceedings.
The judges said that the governor’s right was violated and declared all the process that led to the impeachment null and void.
While the court struck out the ex-governor’s appeal to be returned as governor of the state because his tenure had elapsed, it ordered that he be accorded all rights of the office of the governor of Adamawa State through the period of office, and be paid all his entitlement as governor of the state while it lasted.
Reacting to the judgment in a statement issued by Alhaji Umaru Mijinyawa Kugama, the APC board of trustee member in the state, the party said the judiciary is living up to the expectations of the people, adding that the verdict also proved that Nyako was being witch hunted by the PDP led administration for telling them the truth and decamping to the APC.
The statement added that, PDP in their quest to capture Adamawa by all means, thought that by dislodging Nyako, it would easily reclaim the state, not knowing that the ex-governor performed creditably well, such that even while he was away in exile, his party structure produced Governor Jibrilla Bindow and other senators including his son Abdul-Aziz Nyako, who won their elections based on his arrangement with the people in the state.

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