Why Jonathan Withdrew Taraba Deputy Gov’s Award

LEADERSHIP investigation has revealed that the withdrawal of the national honour awarded to the Taraba State deputy governor, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, by President Goodluck Jonathan may not be unconnected with the impeachment notice hanging on the former’s neck.

It would be recalled that President Jonathan had ordered that any national honouree found wanting in public service would be stripped of his award, an indication that the federal government was not in the know of the facts surrounding the deputy governor’s impeachment notice.?

Investigation further revealed that some members of the State House of Assembly, who accompanied the state governor to Abuja for the national honour award on Monday, had to rush back to Taraba for an emergency session of the House to discuss the reply of the deputy governor to the earlier notice of impeachment served him.

According to the chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. IshayaGani, who spoke to LEADERSHIP yesterday, the House, through a unanimous vote, resolved to sit beyond 9pm in order to deliberate on the impeachment notice which, incidentally, elapsed yesterday.

The House, he said, considered two critical issues which necessitated its emergency sitting: to give the deputy a fair hearing and to act in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

He further disclosed that the House would forward a comprehensive list of the allegations against the deputy governor to the Chief Judge of the state, to enable him set up a panel to look into the issues, and said that the deputy governor would be impeached if he was found guilty.

The State House of Assembly had, two weeks ago, served the deputy governor with an impeachment notice, accusing him of gross misconduct and abuse of office.