The Nyako Supporters Group (NSG) has called on the Adamawa State House of Assembly to impeach the state governor, Senator Mohammed Umar Jibrilla, for flouting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regulation on funding of governorship campaign in the 2015 general elections.
The state coordinator of the group, Alhaji Aminu Adamu, made the call while briefing newsmen in Yola, the state capital yesterday.
The group decried the revelation by the governor recently that he received a mind-boggling sum of N500 million from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, through one Alhaji Jauro Turaki, during the 2015 gubernatorial campaign in Adamawa State.
Adamu said the donation violated Section 91(3) 9 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Quoting the section, he said: “Under Section 91 (3), the maximum election expenses to be incurred by a governorship candidate shall not exceed N200 million.
“We look at it as a breach of the said section of the law and therefore call on the State House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against Gov. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla or we will go to court to remove the governor.
“While sub section 9 of the same electoral Act states that no individual or other entity shall donate more than N1 Million to any candidate, a candidate who knowingly act in contravention of this section commits an offense and on conviction shall be liable: in the case of a governorship election to a fine of N800000 or imprisonment for 9 months or both”.
While expressing regret that the governor could be ignorant of the law, Adamu described Jibrilla as an ingrate, who has bitten the finger that fed him.
He added, “It is not a secret that the governor rode on the structure of former Governor Murtala Nyako to become governor. We found it disgusting that N500 million has made him to transfer his loyalty to Atiku. If his problem is such money, the NSG can give him more than that. Our concern is not whether Bindow’s loyalty is to Atiku or whosoever, but for him to stop embarrassing the state. I found it very difficult to believe in the past that the allegation of our governor not being educated is true, but his actions are convincing facts that he is not properly educated.
“It still beats my imagination that the same Atiku, who is today his political lord, had sponsored Alhaji Mijinyawa (Yayaji) his political godson for the same governorship position and if not for Nyako’s structure, how could he have won the primaries?
“He forgot when Atiku frustrated him by refusing to fund his campaign and Nyako supporters still stood by him until his victory. Let us not make politics look like prostitution; yesterday the governor told the whole world that Nyako made him governor. It is not up to six months and now Atiku has made him governor. Maybe after another six months, he would transfer his loyalty to Osinbajo”.
Gov. Jibrilla, had while addressing some elders of Jimeta Community in Government House last week, said he had no regrets nor apology for switching loyalty to the former vice president, claiming that Nyako did not contribute any fund to his campaign.