A Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has reversed the impeachment of Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa State.
The judgement was delivered this morning. In the ruling, the Court of Appeal ruled that the impeachment of Mr. Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa state in 2014 was not done in accordance with the provision of the law.
Nyako was removed on July 15, 2014, after 17 of 25 members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly adopted a report of a panel set up to investigate him for alleged corruption.
The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct.
But in Thursday’s lead judgment read by Justice Tunde Ayotoye, all the judges unanimously agreed that Mr. Nyako was not given fair hearing in the impeachment proceedings.
The judges said that the governor’s right was violated and declared all the process that led to the impeachment null and void.
The court ordered that Mr. Nyako be accorded all right of the office of the governor of Adamawa State through the period of office, and be paid all his entitlement as governor of the state while it lasted.
The court however, struck out Mr. Nyako’s appeal to be returned as governor of the state, ruling that his tenure as governor had elapsed.