Nyako: Atiku warns PDP against excessive use of power

Nyako: Atiku warns PDP against excessive use of power

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:48 pm

Former  Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned against the excessive use of power by the PDP-led federal government, a tendency, he said, was not good for decent democratic practice.

Atiku, who was reacting to the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, his home state, said in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja that wielding the axe of impeachment against elected public office holders to settle scores by the PDP-led federal government would needlessly build up tension in the country.

The former Vice President said the reckless use of impeachment to settle scores could not have been the intention of the framers of the 1999 Constitution.

He said the frequency with which elective officials were being shot down by impeachment would destroy the whole purpose of inserting the impeachment clause in the Constitution.

He regretted that the use of impeachment to harass and humiliate perceived opponents by the PDP-led federal government would ultimately bastardize the spirit in which the constitution provides for the impeachment clause.

The former Vice President admonished the PDP-led federal government to take it easy in the way they use power, adding that the constitution was not meant to provide ammo to anybody to harass and humiliate opponents or force them out of office.

He criticized the use of financial inducements to influence the removal of perceived opponents from office. According to him, triumphalism in the suppression of opponents is a bad omen for democracy.

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  • Baba Jada says:

    Gradually GEJ is becoming a dictator, He clamped down on the media using the military, then militarized Ekiti election and rigged in his favour, held Amaechi at gun point, placed a Siege on Kano Airport and kano Royal palace. Now he is forcefully assaulting state democratic institutions. he did it before in Rivers and now he is doing it in Adamawa and nassarawa. What goes around comes around.

  • sir Oscie says:

    Atiku’s comment is totally in other,This so called wind of change should be allowed to blow through the entire country and not a particular direction as it’s happening now..
    The non performing governors or public office holders are not only found in Apc and APC controlled states, So please things be done the right way for the betterment of the Nigeria people.

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