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Nasarawa Assembly suspends minority leader for alleged job racketeering

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Ex-gov wants merit to determine Buhari’s successor

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has suspended its Deputy Minority Leader, Luka Zhekaba (PDP, Obi 2) for alleged involvement in the illegal employment of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.

The Speaker, Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced the suspension after the house had deliberated on the report of its Standing Committee on Education on the recruitment of 366 teachers and 38 others in the state during proceedings in Lafia, yesterday.

The lawmakers also recommended Anthony Ladan, a Senior Accountant at the Bureau for Salaries, who had admitted to the offence, for compulsory retirement.

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“John Nuhu, a former employee of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Ministry of Information, who spearheaded the racketeering, is to be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution,” the speaker added.

The Director, Bureau for Salaries, Mr. Sulley Daheer, and other staff of the bureau were recommended for redeployment to other departments of the Ministry of Finance, while a person with knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as well as proven integrity should be deployed to the Bureau for Salaries.

MEANWHILE, former governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, prefers President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 to be picked by merit and not reliance on zoning arrangement.

Adamu, representing Nasarawa West in the Senate, argued that those pushing for the zoning of the exalted seat to the southern part of the country in 2023 were doing so in breach of democratic tenets and the 1999 Constitution as amended.

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The former governor, who aspired for the top seat in 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, spoke to reporters in the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

Adamu, who is reportedly eyeing the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC), maintained that the outcome of ballots cast by eligible Nigerians should determine Buhari’s successor.

His words: “The answer is Constitution! Constitution!! There is nowhere in the Constitution that I read everyday like the Qu’ran that we should zone any office. Yes, there is Federal Character; but where is that provision in the Constitution that a party must zone a position to a particular area? Who has seen that section? I want to be educated.

“Now the constitution is being reviewed. If you want it reviewed that the seat of the presidency should be zoned, you can come forward with the proposal. You can’t just wish away a situation fundamental to the life of the country. You can’t talk of merit and talk of zoning.”

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