By Nath Emberga, Lafia.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, has condemned a media publication against him credited to a group operating under the umbrella of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), calling for his probe.
The group had in the publication urged the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations that the Governor might be utilizing state funds to support his legal battle following the recent erroneous judgement by two members of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal against him.
In a statement made available to Moneycentral Friday in Lafia, Peter Ahemba, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs urged members of the public to consider the allegation as another distractive strategy coming from an obviously partisan group working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He said: “It is on record that the administration of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has remained consistent in the promotion of transparency and accountability in governance, especially the management of State’s meager resources since assumption of office in 2019 and cannot use a penny belonging to the State to pursue his matter at the Appeal Court or any personal cause.
“The State Government hereby assures all individuals and groups, (including HURIWA) who are working to hijack the mandate freely given to Governor Sule in the March 18th governorship election by the people of the State that they will not succeed by the grace of God.”
The governor further stressed that, “For the avoidance of doubt, His Excellency has since directed his legal team to appeal the erroneous ruling of two members of the 3-man panel of the Tribunal and shall do everything within the confines of the law to ensure that the mandate given to him remains in place till 2027.
“We wish to reiterate the call on the good people of Nasarawa State to remain calm and peaceful in their conduct, no matter the provocation from members of the opposition party in the State”; part of the statement read.