The ongoing impeachment process against the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has received the official backing of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the party has advised the embattled governor to face his problems with his people instead of engaging in the worn-out antics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by blaming the presidency and the PDP for their self-inflicted woes.
The PDP’s NWC in its first official statement yesterday since the impeachment proceedings against the governor commenced, asked the governor to look inwards to seek solutions to his problems and not to PDP.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said the governor should look inwards and find answers to his challenges as the chief executive of his state instead of promoting trite excuses of external influences, sponsoring protests, threatening and unleashing thugs against the state legislators, steps the PDP said would not solve the problem.
Restating that it had no hands in the political development in the state, the party said the impeachment move against the governor remained a local issue in the state, adding that the provisions of the laws and constitution of the nation are very clear on such processes.
“Nigerians may recall that at the wake of the impeachment move in the state, we came out clearly to restate our non-involvement in the saga and went ahead to charge our lawmakers across the country to ensure that their actions are strictly guided by the provisions of the law. We have also severally challenged the governor and the APC to provide evidence of the alleged involvement of the presidency or the PDP in the crisis.
“However, we are shocked that instead of focusing on finding answers for his problems which must be connected with the bad governance that has characterised APC-led administrations in the country, the state governor has declared war on the lawmakers, while unleashing APC thugs to attack them and stop them from carrying out their constitutional duties.
“We are taken aback by the series of unfounded allegations, insults, blackmails and threats sponsored against the presidency and the PDP, all in the bid to subvert constitutional provisions, undermine democratic institutions and ultimately establish a reign of impunity in the state as obtainable in other APC states.
“Our advice to the APC and the state governor is that in as much as neither the PDP nor the presidency is involved in the impeachment saga, resorting to baseless allegations, cheap blackmails, threats and violence against the state legislature, the PDP and the presidency will not help them.
“We restate our position that in a democracy, the rule of law and the will of the people expressed through the provisions of the law remain paramount and must be adhered to at all times.
“Al-Makura and the APC must understand that the issue at stake is not a matter of political sentiments and threats, neither is it a matter of sponsoring protests and media propaganda, but that of democracy, accountability and the provisions of the laws and the constitution,” the party said.
The party charged the governor and members of the APC to humble themselves and look inwards for answers.
“Otherwise they will end up like a man contesting ward nomination but spent his time advertising on BBC without directly engaging the ward delegates. How can such a man ever win the nomination?” the PDP queried.