Breaking News: Tension In Benue As Speaker’s Impeachment Looms
Less than six weeks to the inauguration of the 8th State Assembly, the Benue State House of Assembly may change leadership, even as 18 members of The assembly have signed an impeachment notice on the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Terhemen Ayua.
Although the Assembly did not sit today, the members of the assembly held a closed door negotiatory meeting with the senate president on whom a vote of no confidence is about to be passed to negotiate terms and find a leeway for the speaker.
Per Second News gathered that the grouse of the members is stemmed from the fact that the Speaker, has not been able to defend the interests of the members before the governor.
The impeachment which is led by the Minority Leader, Hon. Benjamin Adanyi, is also believed to have been stemmed from recent bills passed by the assembly where members of the opposition walked out of the sitting during deliberation of the Local Government, Benue Internal Revenue Service ( BIRS ), Chieftaincy Bills.
According to our source the Majority leader of the House, Hon. Paul Biam was believed to have connived with members of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), who were given 50 million Naira to facilitate the smooth passage of the bill had sidelined the opposition members.
It was gathered that the money given by the governor and shared by Paul Biam was only given to members of the ruling party sidelining the opposition bloc which has further ignited the current agitation and call for Ayu’s head.
Meanwhile, the closed door session ended with a resolve to sit by 6pm, but unknown to the members, the clerk of the house had directed his staff to lock the Chambers and securely lock the hammer and attendance books to forestall any unplanned occurrence which at the time of filling this report were under lock and key, even as he left before the end of the executive session.
Per Second News report last month revealed that the state Assembly were in a running battle with the state governor over owed three months salaries and allowances. A member of the house disclosed to Per Second News last month that members have vowed to frustrate any bill sent by the governor in protest and consequently led to the walkout which has culminated into this current crisis.