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Speakers urge govs to intervene in Plateau Assembly crisis

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
06 November 2021   |   4:04 am
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has been admonished to intervene in the leadership crisis rocking Plateau State House of Assembly where two speakers emerged following the ‘removal’ of Abok Ayuba as the speaker on October 28.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has been admonished to intervene in the leadership crisis rocking Plateau State House of Assembly where two speakers emerged following the ‘removal’ of Abok Ayuba as the speaker on October 28.

Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, who led his counterparts from Ogun, Ebonyi and Ekiti states, made the plea during a meeting between the leadership of the conference and the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Fayemi Kayode in Abuja.

Abubakar, in a statement by his spokesman, Abdul Ahmad Burra, expressed deep concern over the Plateau Assembly crisis “in which two factions emerged with two different speakers leading to the siege to the House by security operatives.”

The Speakers called for quick intervention of the governors so that all parties involved in the crisis will sheath their swords and respect the constitution.

Abubakar, who reiterated the sanctity of the legislative arm and the setback the crisis would bring to governance in Plateau, expressed confidence that normalcy would be restored if the Governors Forum and Governor Simon Lalong, who is a former Speaker of the Assembly, quickly intervene in the matter.

Fayemi commended the conference for their commitment to finding solution to the crisis rocking the Plateau Assembly.

According to him, the Forum is closely monitoring the situation and has requested the Chairman of the North Central Governors’ Forum and Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, to travel to Jos and meet the governor of Plateau State and all the parties involved with a view to ending the fracas.

Meanwhile, the speakers have assured members and staff of state legislatures and all Nigerians that they would not relent until all the terms agreed on the Memorandum of Action on the implementation of financial autonomy to states legislature and judiciary are fully met by all states.

The chairman explained that although many states have commenced the implementation of the autonomy, the meeting became necessary to push for more commitments from the governors who are yet to complete the processes of the implementation.

He commended the Governors’ Forum for their support and cooperation toward the actualisation of the implementation of the Executive Order 10 which granted financial autonomy to states legislature and judiciary for effective service delivery and good governance across the country.