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Plateau Assembly crisis: Senate condemns removal of speaker

The Senate yesterday condemned the impeachment of the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Ayuba Abok and the attendant disruption of legislative business in the parliament. The Senate made the resolution following a motion on ‘Matter of urgent public importance,’ sponsored by Senator Gyang Istifanus (PDP, Plateau North). Gyang called the attention of the Senate to the alleged removal of the speaker by eight members out of 24 and the barricade of the Assembly complex and the need for early intervention by the Senate to avoid a degeneration of the crisis. He said: “It was disturbing that the alleged impeachment of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ayuba Abok, by eight members of the House fell short of the two-third constitutionally required as provided for in Section 92 (c) CFRN 1999 (As amended).” The Senate was “aware that the majority of the members of the House are opposed to the alleged impeachment and have pledged loyalty and solidarity with Rt. Hon. Abok against those loyal to Yakubu Sanda.”

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