Crisis Rocks Adamawa Assembly Following Removal Of Deputy Speaker, Other Principal Officers Except The Speaker 

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Tom Garba

At a plenary sitting today Presided by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa, Adamawa state House of Assembly, changed the leadership of the house amidst controversy and confusion on the floor of the House resulting in the partial damage to the mace.

Resuming after a six weeks recess, a motion by Hon. Hayatu Atiku representing Uba Gaya constituency asking for the replacement of the Deputy Speaker, Sunday Peter, GuyuK constituency, threw the house into tension and confusion as members struggled with one another to grab the mace in a bid to stop the proceeding resulting in the damage to the mace.

Normalcy was restored an hour later, with only 17 members forming two third majorities out of the 25, sitting, the speaker Kabiru Mijinyawa, announced the impeachment of all the principal officers except himself.

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In a Show of disagreement eight other members staged a walkout while nursing a kangaroo impeachment.

According to Hon. Speaker, Mijinyawa, the new leadership profile includes, Hon Emmanuel Tsambu, the new deputy speaker, Hassan Barguma, majority leader, the new chief whip, Usan Adam Toungo, the deputy chief whip Abdullahi Umar Yapak.  While Hon. Lusambani Dilli emerged the new minority leader, while Justina Nkom occupies a new position as the deputy minority leader.

The Adamawa state house of Assembly was abruptly adjourned last August 9th following attempts to impeach the Speaker, Kabiru Mijinyawa following allegations of high handedness,  and corruption, the same offence leading to the impeachment now.

It would be re called that the Hon Mijinyawa was almost lynched by the state pilgrims at the just concluded hajj operation.

Speaking to press men immediately after the changes, Hon Emmanuel Tsamdu said the changes were long overdue, stating that the members have long felt the need to effect changes in the leadership of the Assembly.

Describing it as a “loss of trust and confidence” to, dragging the image of the house into the mud for public ridicule.

He however refused to confirm or deny the fraud allegations that continue to trail the former officials of the house.

This is coming two days after the confederation of speakers of state House of Assembly held a conference in Yola where their Adamawa state counterpart hosted them.

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