Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State yesterday said he had been vindicated by the verdict of the seven-man panel, which investigated allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the State House of Assembly.
Speaking with reporters at the Government House, Lafia, Al-Makura said the dismissal of the charges proved that he did nothing wrong.
He said: “There can be no further vindication than the verdict of the panel, because the 16 allegations have been proved to be frivolous. Nasarawa people have also vindicated me.
“Although the process taken by the legislators was a violation of the constitution, irrespective of that I appeared before the panel.
“Fortunately, the people, who levelled frivolous and unsubstantiated allegations against me were not present to substantiate them.
“They were trying to make a scapegoat through certain technicalities, which were not sustainable.
“I have nothing to fear as far as I am concerned because this is a victory for democracy. This is a victory for the rule of law. I’m ready to appear before any court of competent jurisdiction.
“They are also free as Nigerians and the law has given them the leverage, in accordance with the constitution, to pursue their cause”.
The governor expressed satisfaction that nobody died during his predicament even as he said with the verdict, he hoped that those against him would support his government to ensure the growth of the state.
Al-Makura said the live coverage of the panel’s proceedings by the media was to allow truth to prevail.
He urged the indigenes to unite and work for the state’s progress, saying he was surprised to receive overwhelming support from the people during this trying period.
The governor, who hailed the indigenes for their support, attributed the panel’s verdict to the will of Allah.
“Only Allah gives power to whoever he wishes”, he said.