A senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Garba Pwul, on Friday has said that Adamawa former governor, retired Vice Adm. Murtala Nyako, has no powers in law to reject his deputy's resignation from office.
According to him, the law does not provide for acceptance or rejection when a letter of
resignation is tendered.
It would be recalled that Nyako had rejected his deputy’s resignation, prior to his impeachment.
Pwul said in 1965 the Supreme Court held that ``when a person tenders a letter of resignation, that is the end of the relationship, no one has the power to say I reject the resignation”.
He said; ``You cannot compel him to work against his will, so when the letter of resignation is received, it takes immediate effect so no one cansay it was rejected or it was accepted.
``The same principle applies in employer and employee relationship; once the employee tenders his letter of resignation that is the end of the relationship.
``If there is any other matter against him, you can only go to court to enforce anything; you cannot keep him and tell him to work,” he said.
Pwul said that it did not matter where the resignation was submitted but as far as the former deputy governor had resigned, it was not negotiable according to the law