Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday made spirited moves to save embattled Adamawa State Governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako, who is facing impeachment from the House of Assembly.
Obasanjo who had for months been absent from the Council of State meeting owing to his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan, made a surprise appearance at the meeting yesterday and was said to have met with the president behind closed doors to plead with him to rescue the governor from being ousted.
Reports from a source licked out saying Obasanjo, had a brief audience with Jonathan before the commencement of the council’s meeting pleaded with the president to save Nyako by prevailing on the Adamawa Assembly dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to backpedal on the impeachment against the governor.
It was learnt that Obasanjo’s assurances to Jonathan that Nyako “would turn a new leave in his relationship with the presidency and return to the fold, the PDP, from where he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)” did not sway the president.
Jonathan carefully cleared himself, saying he had no hand in Nyako’s troubles. He told Obasanjo that he is not a lawmaker and not from Adamawa State.
However, the panel to probe allegations of gross misconduct against Nyako and his deputy, Mr. Bala James Ngilari could not sit yesterday due to lack of venue. Nyako, in a subtle move to stall his removal, had on Sunday declared Monday and yesterday public holidays to enable residents of the state pray for Nigeria.