The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has faulted threats by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on account of the violent crisis in Agyaragu area of the state recently.
A statement by Rotimi Fashakin, the National Publicity Secretary of CPC, at the weekend, described the impeachment threats as a 'well-rehearsed plot, orchestrated by the PDP high command, infurtherance of the political gerrymandering and destabilization agenda of the ruling Party.'
According to Fashakin, Almakura showed determination to tackle the problem when he announced during state-wide broadcast that: "it is, indeed, sad that our state is being made to assume the status of 'a theatre of a communal violence. This is regrettable and unacceptable"'.
Fashakin also fingered the state legislators of acting at the instance of leaders of the state at the national level to destabilise Nasarawa State.
"As a party, we are forced to react, through this statement, to the admonition of well-meaning individuals and institutions on the very precipitous path the state Legislators have chosen to thread. The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has queried why the CPC governor was unfairly burdened with a problem that pre-dated his tenure and was not resolved by previous PDP-led Administrations.
"Truly, on 14th April, 2000 (under a PDP-led administration), Nasarawa state was thrown into a communal crisis in the Agyaragu area because of the location of the local government headquarters. Furthermore, under the same PDP-led administration, on 18th January, 2002, the clash between two communities in the Awe Local Government saw a few fatalities."
"What is curious is that there was never any impeachment threat on the previous PDP governors who ruled the state. What is more, has Nigeria ever been challenged under the cloud of insecurity as severe as is the case with the PDP-led Federal Government? Yet the President has never been threatened with impeachment because of the intractable insecurity situation. But because of the massive majority of the PDP in the Nasarawa House of Assembly, the legislators have chosen to thread the path of reckless partisanship and legislative indiscretion to resolve a problem of the State. Indeed, this smacks of abuse of legislative priviledge and authority," the statement said.