The investigative panel constituted by the Zamfara State Chief Judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu has concluded its sitting and is ready to transmit its recommendations to the assembly.
This follows the impeachment proceedings of the Deputy Governor of the state Mahadi Aliyu over alleged misappropriation of funds, gross misconduct, and abuse of office among other things as complained by the assembly
The panel concluded its sitting after they had given the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahadi Aliyu (respondent) two-day legations timeline which he failed to do.
The seven-member investigative panel has assured the public that they will be fair and just to all the parties involved in the matter.
A member of the panel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abdul Ibrahim who addressed journalists on behalf of the chairman said, they had given both parties, the opportunity to present their cases and they are going to critically look at the testimonies and documentary evidence.
He said the deputy governor Mahdi Aliyu Gusau who is the respondent on the matter was, however, absent at the sitting.
Ibrahim said the probe panel listened to testimonies and pieces of evidence presented by the Zamfara State House of Assembly which is the complainant on the matter and thereafter went into their own deliberation.
He noted that the panel has three months within which to carry out its assignment and submit its report to the Zamfara State House of Assembly
The lead counsel to the complainant, Nasiru Jangebe addressed the panel and highlighted testimonies and matters for deliberation by the members of the panel.
Another member of the panel said they were not served with any court order, stressing that if they were served with a court order, they would have obeyed it.
It could be recalled that, the deputy governor addressed journalists and revealed that, all the allegations are baseless but a mere political witch hunting for his refusal to decamp to APC with the state Governor Bello Matawalle.
Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau who lamented on poor leadership in the state, said he will not appear before what he described as an illegal panel, saying court order supersedes the committee, hence his decision to reject the Panel’s invitation.
The embattle deputy governor called on the state government as well as the state Assembly to respect ‘Court Order’ as it is the reason of been them in the respective offices they are currently occupying.