Senator Nyako scored the highest vote among the 3 APC senators that emerged from Adamawa state scoring a total vote cast of highest votes of 126,406. Senator Binta Masi Garba won with 47,997 and Senator Ahmed Abubakar MuAllahyidi with 116,305. It is therefore not a surprise when he engaged his constituents and performed credibly well and distinguished himself as a senator. It is alleged that Senator Nyako is nursing an ambition to become the governor of Adamawa state in 2019 and therefore the orchestrated attempt to whittle down the astronomical rise of the young 47 years old 1970 born senator.
The planned attempt started with his charge to court on allegations and the very unpopular removal as the Sarkin Matasan Adamawa which removal he accepted in good faith. The recent of the planned calendar of events is the laughable attempt to initiate a recall of the distinguished senator from the senate in a bid to scuttle his raising profile after the realization that his removal as sarkin matasan Adamawa did not break down his political climb and speed of purpose.
The recent recall seem orchestrated by those within the arena of the present government as can be seen by those pushing for the recall on social media.
The herculean and uphill task of a recall of Senator Nyako is made more difficult because has been no known recall of any senator under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Suffice to say that the senator has been a major voice in the senate leading to the emergence of the North East Development Commission which rendered him to the heart of people of not just his constituency but North Eastern Nigeria as a political entity.
Another stumbling block is the tortuous steps of recall as provided for by Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The steps are as follows:
1. The Chairman of INEC receives a petition signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that Senator’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in the Senator.
2. The petition shall be signed and arranged according to polling units, wards, Local Government Areas, and constituency (in this case Hong, Song, Fufore, Yola North, Yola South, Girei and Gombi LGAs)
3. The Senator sought to be recalled will be informed that INEC had received a petition for his recall.
4. INEC issue a public notice or announcement stating the date, time and location for the verification of the signatures to the petition.
5. The signatories must be individuals who appear on the lNEC voters’ register.
6. INEC then conduct a referendum if more than one half of the signatures are verified (INEC dismiss the petition if the verified signatures are less than half of the registered voters in the constituency).
7. If the minimum requirements for a referendum are met, the INEC must then conduct a referendum within 90 days of receipt of the petition.
8. The referendum will be a simple yes or no vote on whether the Senator should be recalled.
9. If a referendum is carried out and the voters in that constituency vote to recall the Senator, then the Chairman of the INEC is obliged to send a Certificate of Recall to the Senate President to effect the recall.
From the foregoing, its quite clear and unambiguous that the process for recalling a Senator is more difficult than that of his election and moreso taking into consideration the standing of Senator Nyako and that of his father a former governor of Adamawa state whom no doubt command great respect and surprisingly a firm and determined followership.
My candid advice to the unfortunate recallers is to bury the hachet and allow the electorate to have rest from the numerous bye-elections that doted our political landscape.
By Samson Bukar Mshelmbula Esq.
Social Media Influencer & Lawyer.