My lawyers are capable of defending me, says Al-makura


THE Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has expressed confidence that whether or not he appears before the panel set up by the state Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Dikko, his seven- team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, is capable of defending him.

The state chief judge, had on Friday last week set up a seven-man
panel to probe the governor over the allegations leveled against
him of gross misconduct of finical impropriety and breached of
oath of office by the state House of Assembly.

The Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Abdulhamid Kwarra
said, “The governor will certainly appear before them (the panel)
and after that we will go to the press and address them.”
When asked whether he knows the full names of members of the
legal team that would defend the governor,, he said he did not
know their names.
He said the venue and when the panel would seat had yet to be
made known to the governor.

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“The lawyers are capable of defending Governor Al-Makura on the
allegations leveled against him by the lawmakers,” said SSA.
When asked whether the seven-man panel would sit during the
public holidays he said he did not know.

A member of the state House of Assembly, Mohammed Okpede
(Doma North) commented on a statement by the governor’s aide
that the lawmakers would fail in their bid to impeach the governor.
He said: “As far as we are concerned, we are working with the
1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we are on
our way to reach there.”

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On the earlier claim by the governor that he was not given the
impeachment notice, he asked, “What made him to employ the
service of SANs to defend him before the seven-man panel?”
Okpede denied that the lawmakers had been bribed by the governor
to stop down their plan to impeach him.

He also said that the lawmakers did not meet President Goodluck
Jonathan on the impeachment move against the governor.
Okpede further said that if the President waded into the matter, the
lawmakers would tell him that it was a purely constitutional

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He added that if the President insisted on intervening, they (the
lawmakers) would simply tell him that he was encouraging

Source : Vanguard