The new Adamawa State Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, has approved the dissolution of the State Executive Council and political appointees with immediate effect.
- The cabinet members are to hand over to permanent secretaries in ministries they head
- Heads of statutory commissions not affected
- The affected cabinet members have barely spent three months in office
- Governor Ngilari was sworn in on Wednesday
Newly sworn in Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, has ordered cabinet members of his predecessor Ahmadu Fintiri to hand over all documents and other government property in their possession to permanent secretaries in their various ministries.
The directive, contained in a statement by Ngilari’s Chief of Staff, Mr Chubado Tijjani, however said heads of statutory commissions were not affected by the dissolution.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected appointees had yet to spend up to three months in office.
They were appointed by the former Acting Governor, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, who was sacked by a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, major stakeholders in Adamawa politics have indicated their acceptance of the change of guards.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), impeached Governor Murtala Nyako and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar endorsed the action.
The PDP said the party would not appeal the judgment by the Federal High Court.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “The party has looked at the judgement on Adamawa and we resolved as follows:
“The PDP is a law-abiding party and we have therefore advised our members to obey accordingly. As is being done in every legal matter, there is a right of appeal.
“But in the meantime, the PDP has enjoined our party members to obey the decision of the court.
“Secondly, the paramount thing for us is peace in Adamawa. And we enjoin the Executive Governor of Adamawa State that was sworn in today (Wednesday October 8, 2014) to pursue peace and progress of Adamawa State.
“The state has had its own fair share of political turmoil, the state has had its own fair share of challenges. We believe that the citizens of the state deserve peace and unity.
“We urge our state chairman to ensure that PDP remains united as one body in Adamawa. And as a PDP member we can only say to the former Deputy Governor to continue to pursue the party’s programmes for the benefit of the people.”
Atiku said: “The judicial verdict that may have tacitly cancelled the governorship by-election in Adamawa State for now was a painful development for the membership of the APC in Adamawa State.
“As leaders of the party, we shall respect the verdict of the court, but we must be quick to say that the verdict has merely delayed the overwhelming desire of the people of Adamawa State to vote for change and thumbs down the PDP imposition on a people. Clearly, we in the APC had the momentum and therefore an advantage going into Saturday’s election.”
He added: “The people of Adamawa want change. They expressed that desire throughout the nooks and crannies of the state with the massive momentum going for the candidate of our party during the electioneering campaign.”
“We shall remain resolute and provide the leadership that will make it possible for the people of Adamawa State and Nigerians in general to vote for change whenever and wherever the opportunity arises.”
Nyako, in a statement through his Director of Press and Publicity, Ahmad Sajoh, said he had hope in the court to reclaim his mandate.
The statement read: “His Excellency Admiral Murtala Nyako wishes to express satisfaction with the judgment passed by the Federal High Court in Abuja declaring that former Deputy Governor Bala James Ngilari has not resigned as Deputy Governor.
“This is a further testimony to the fact that the entire process associated with the purported impeachment saga had been just series of acts characterized by extreme illegality and political brigandage.”
He said members of the House of Assembly were used to perpetrating impunity but the Judiciary ensured justice.
The statement added: “Buoyed by a system that promotes impunity and abuse of all legal and constitutional procedures, the law makers in Adamawa State took it upon themselves to abuse all known legal norms to enthrone a regime anchored on illegalities.
“We wish to observe that this is the first step in the judicial process of correcting the wrongs of the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
“We are confident that the Nigerian judiciary will further confirm the injustices associated with the purported removal of Governor Murtala Nyako, which was done in a manner akin to a civilian coup d’état.
“The process of the reversal of all the series of illegalities connected with the supposed impeachment saga has only just commenced and will continue until it culminates with the return of Governor Nyako to Government House, Yola.
“Nyako wishes to congratulate Barr. Bala Ngillari on his success at the court and advises him to take up the responsibilities of his new office with his famed patience and humility.
“He should be mindful of the nature of Adamawa State as a diverse and plural society and, therefore rule the people with justice, fairness and the fear of God.
“The new governor is further advised to heal the deep wounds of mistrust and mutual suspicion inflicted on the people of the state by the illegal government of the Acting Governor.
“Finally we call on the people of Adamawa State to remain calm, law-abiding and to extend all necessary support to the new leadership and to wish Barr Bala Ngillari success and God’s guidance in his new assignment.
“We also call on the people to pray for the new governor and the state so that peace will be restored and the state returned to the path of progress, harmony and peaceful co-existence.
“We equally wish to assure the good people of Adamawa State that God willing, and in no too distant future, the courts will return Admiral Nyako as the Governor of Adamawa State.”
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