The 7-man panel constituted by the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to probe allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura has invited the two parties to make appearance before a public hearing to commence on Monday.
But the twist that emerged last week, when 19 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers kicked against the panel in a controversial resolution they passed in Karu, at the gateway to Abuja – outside of the hallowed chambers of the assembly complex in Lafia, has trailed the panel invitation, introducing what the Minority Leader, Barrister Tanko Maikatako (APC, Lafia-Central) described as “layers of a stinking onion.”
The PDP lawmakers, who signed the impeachment notice, as well as directed for the constitution of a panel, have declared that they would have no business to do with this panel, insisting the CJ either complies with their fresh directive to dissolve and reconstitute the panel, or the signatories would ignore both the CJ and his panel.
On the other hand, Governor Al-Makura has declared he would appear before the panel, saying he was eager to explore the opportunity to tell his story and clear his name before the public.
The panel, in an announcement made through the state-owned broadcast station, NBS on Friday, said the public sitting would commence tomorrow.
The announcement, which was signed by the panel chairman, Yusuf Shehu Usman, said it had invited both the governor and the signatories of the impeachment notice to appear to defend themselves either in persons or through their legal representatives.