Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Umar Fintiri Returns As Acting Governor of Adamawa

Ag. Gov Umar Fintiri
 Following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako as governor Adamawa state, North-East Nigeria, Alhaji Adamu Umar Fintiri, the Speaker of the state house of assembly is to be sworn in as Acting Governor in the interim.

This is was contained in a motion passed by the House of Assembly after the then Governor was impeached by 18 Members of the State House of Assembly on tuesday the 15th of July 2014.

Today's resolution marks Fintiri's second coming as Acting Governor of Adamawa state as he was sworn in as Acting Governor shortly after the Supreme Court Judgement of Friday 27th January 2012 which declared the elongated tenure of five governors illegal and consequently sacked them.

The governors are Ibrahim Idris (Kogi); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); and Liyel Imoke (Cross River). Murtala Nyako was later re-elected in controversial circumstances in the state gubernatorial elections of February 2012.

Nyako's impeachment came after the state House of Assembly deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconducts against him.

Seventeen of the 25 members of the Assembly adopted the report of the panel after Speaker Umaru Fintiri read the report on the floor of the House.

The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House.
The report was endorsed by all members of the panel.

The motion for the governor’s impeachment was moved by Jerry Kumdisi, the member representing Gombi state constituency.

The motion was seconded by Kwamoti Laori, the Deputy speaker of the Assembly and member, representing Numan constituency.

All the 18 members present at the meeting signed the resolution removing the governor.
The House also passed a motion that Speaker Fintiri should be sworn in as the state’s acting governor.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr. Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

The House is sitting today to consider the report of the seven-member investigative 
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