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Allegations against me spurious, says Bauchi Deputy Govervor

“As far as I am concerned, the allegations are not only untrue but rubbish. It is most unfortunate for any responsible person to allege these…

“As far as I am concerned, the allegations are not only untrue but rubbish. It is most unfortunate for any responsible person to allege these against anybody,” the Deputy Governor said in his first reaction since the plan to impeach him was unveiled last week.

Speaking to Weekly Trust on telephone yesterday, Alhaji Gadi said he was in Abuja when the notice of impeachment was served on him by the Speaker of the State Assembly Alhaji Babayo Garba Gamawa but he was not allowed to respond to the house before the investigative panel was set up by the Chief Judge.

“The normal thing is that I should have at least seven days to respond but they (lawmakers) didn’t indicate that. But I was in Abuja the day they served the notice and I understand they swore in the investigative committee the next day,” he said.

The Deputy Governor said the motivation behind the impeachment is imbued in the haste with which it is being carried out. He, however, said that he would take everything in good faith so long as justice and in accordance with constitutional provisions.

“The only thing I require is fairness and justice. But you have heard that the honorable members have been given money to impeach me, and to do so irrespective of whether there is anything wrong or not,” he said, adding that he has no regret in for sticking to his principles.

Alhaji Gadi said there have been desperate attempts to frustrate him but he refused to be frustrated.

The Bauchi State Chief Judge Justice Sabo Suleiman Darazo had on Thursday set up seven-man panel to investigate charges of financial misappropriation against the Deputy Governor on the request of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly and 25 other members.

Among other things, the legislators had claimed that Alhaji Gadi had claimed eight different estacodes in his capacity as the Commissioner of Lands and Survey and Deputy Governor.

It would be recalled that the state governor Malam Isa Yuguda had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in April this year leaving behind his deputy Alhaji Gadi in the All Nigeria Peoples Party. Since then there has not been any indication that Alhaji Gadi will also join his boss in the PDP.

Though members of the state legislature are still in the ANPP, it appears clear that the ANPP has no control over the lawmakers.

The National Chairman of the ANPP Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke also told Weekly Trust in Abuja that the party will commence legal action should the assembly impeach the Deputy Governor through means that fall short of constitutional requirements. The party is already in court asking it to declare  that Yuguda himself should vacate his seat as governor following his defection to the PDP. the chairman said both the position of the governor and deputy belong to the ANPP.