The Zamfara House of Assembly has removed the veil covering the clash between it and the state Governor, Abdulazziz Yari.
The House’s Chairman of Committee on Information, Mannir Gidan-Jaja, Wednesday listed six impeachable offences committed by Governor, saying that was the reason the House is pushing for his impeachment.
Gidan-Jaja, accused the Governor, in a statement, of misappropriating billions of naira from the state coffers.
It listed the money allegedly misappropriated to include N11bn bailout fund, N1bn agricultural loan released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and “corrupt abuse of local government funds”.
The Assembly also accused the Governor of failing to remit funds deducted for pensions and gratuities to pension fund administrators as provided by law.
According to the statement, the Governor had also ignored a resolution of the Assembly not to appoint Murtala Jangebe as Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board.
It said that the Assembly had passed a vote of no confidence in Jangebe, after he was allegedly found to have misappropriated over N1bn belonging to the board in 2014.
The statement accused the Governor of frequent foreign trips which have had negative impact on the day-to-day running of government, apart from imposing financial burden on the state.
The lawmakers condemned the arrest of the Speaker, his Deputy, Majority Whip and supporting staff of the Assembly by the Department of States Security Services (DSS)
The lawmakers described the arrest as a clear interference in the functions of the legislature as enshrined in the Constitution.
“We are also demanding the unconditional release of our principal officers who are currently under detention with the DSS in Abuja.”
Impreachment rumour gained ground in Gusua, the state capital, Wednesday morning after a report on the VOA Hausa Service said that principal officers of the state of House of Assembly have been detained by DSS.
The lawmakers were said to have run into troubled waters after the Assembly called the attention of Governor Yari to the precarious nature of the state.
The report said the Assembly wanted a meeting with the Governor to discuss what it called “the difficult situation the state found itself” and how to find a way out.
Umaru Faru, a member of the House had told the VOA that everyone knows the precarious situation that the state has found itself.
According to him, “people accuse the Governor of abandoning the state, and they are also complaining about the handling of the state resources especially the bailout funds released specifically to pay workers’ salaries”.
“The money came but no one knows what happened to it, as we speak local government staff, pensioners have not been paid, in fact, our traditional rulers have not been paid their 5% constitutional allocation for several months, civil servants pay was cut and some of them were even sacked because of dwindling revenue, however, they were not paid their entitlement even after the bailout came.
“That is why we invited him, definitely not for impeachment purpose.
The lawmakers said this was what the Governor misunderstood to be a mission to Impreached him.