Adamawa State governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Barrister Bala James Ngilari, yesterday shunned the seven-member panel set up by the acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mammadi to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct leveled against them by the state House of Assembly.
However, the chairman of the panel, Buba Kaimaga, said in view of the failure of the governor and his deputy to attend or send representation, he would forward notices of hearing to them.
At the panel’s hearing yesterday, notwithstanding their absence, 28 evidences marked as exhibits, which included a video clip were tendered against Nyako and Ngilari.
The Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Ahmad Sajoh explained why his boss refused to honor the invitation to appear before the panel.
According to him, the panel was a product of illegality as all the processes followed before setting it up were not in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“The service of the notice of gross misconduct against Governor Nyako through the media was against a subsisting ruling of a High court, which had passed similar ruling preventing a substituted service.
“The constitution of the panel was also against the Yola High court ruling, which prevented the constitution of the seven-man panel”, he said.
In view of that, Sajoh said the governor has deemed it fit not to honour the invitation of the panel as doing so amounted to according to the panel some semblance of recognition, which the governor will never do.