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Senate wades into Plateau Assembly crisis

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
09 November 2021   |   2:31 pm
The Nigerian Senate Tuesday waded into the crisis rocking the Plateau State House of Assembly following the impeachment of Abok Ayuba as speaker in controversial circumstances. Some members of the House had penultimate week picked Sanda Yakubu, the member representing Pengana state constituency of Bassa Local Government Area, as their new speaker, despite the opposition…

The Nigerian Senate Tuesday waded into the crisis rocking the Plateau State House of Assembly following the impeachment of Abok Ayuba as speaker in controversial circumstances.

Some members of the House had penultimate week picked Sanda Yakubu, the member representing Pengana state constituency of Bassa Local Government Area, as their new speaker, despite the opposition of members of the minority peoples democratic party (PDP)

But the Senate cautioned the Plateau state House of Assembly on the need to be guided by the rule of law and the dictates of the constitution on view of the need to deepen democratic and protect the sanctity of the legislative arm of government.

The decision followed tbe adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Isaac Gyang (Plateau North) who disclosed that the development has led to the disruption of legislative activities in the Plateau State House of Assembly.

Gyang contended that the impeachment of Ayuba by 8 members of the House fell short of the two-third support of members as stipulated by section 92 (2) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

Gyang said it behoves the upper legislative chamber to take a cue from the 36 members conference of Nigeria speakers in denouncing the impeachment of Ayuba.

Warning that the impasse in the Plateau House of Assembly could degenerate beyond imaginable proportion, he said the incidence could impact negatively on the image of the country in the eyes of the international community.

He enjoined the Senate to invoke section 11 (4) of the constitution by wading into the issue in the interest of the country.

Senator Gabriel Suswam (Benue North), who frowned at the development, said the Senate must not be seen to have abdicated on its responsibilities on the matter.

The Senate also condemned the invasion of the residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Peter-Odili, by operatives of security agencies.

The upper chamber also commended the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, for making arrests and constituting a panel to investigate the raid on her residence.