Kaduna State House Of Assembly In Disarray As Gangara Insist He His Speaaker

Kaduna State House Of Assembly In Disarray As Gangara Insist He His Speaaker


By The Paradigm

18 of 34 members of Kaduna House of Assembly Tuesday afternoon ‘impeached’ the speaker Hon. Muazu Gangara in a commando style that has characterized the Nigerian polity in recent times.

The 18 of its 34 members of the Kaduna Stated House of Assembly who carried out the illegality are loyal to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, but the Governor has since kept quite regarding the ranging storm which forced the house to adjourn sitting till further notice yesterday.

Hon. Muazu Gangara who was ‘impeched’ insists he is the substantive Speaker and will challenge the issue in court.

Gangara spoke at a press conference in Kaduna last night, surrounded by 15 loyal members that included his deputy, Dr. Dogara Mato, as well as the Majority and Minority Leaders, Hon. David Umar and Dr. Shehu Usman Danfulani.

He described as “illegitimate” the action of the 18, led by Philemon Usman and Jerry Kantiok, by which they claimed to have impeached him and replaced him with Shehu Usman Tahir and Hon. Peter Adamu as Deputy Speaker, stressing the sitting did not enjoy the required quorum of 22 members.

“The purported sitting by some members of the Kaduna state House of Assembly is a nullity,” he said.  “Section 92 of the Constitution said no impeachment can take place until two-third of the elected members of the House are present, which have to be 22 out of the 34 members. They did not reach two-third of the membership of the House. The House has since suspended its sitting until further notice and it cannot reconvene without the permission of the chairman, Business and Rules Committee, which they did not get. The mace they used was brought out of the museum for the exercise. It was not the mace in use by the House.  We must respect the constitution of the country. The alternative is that we are heading to court to challenge the impeachment. We are going to follow it through in the court of law.”

The ‘new’ speaker had informed journalist after his swearing-in on Tuesday that it only needs the presence of 13 lawmakers to impeach the speaker and that they 18 of them in attendance.

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By The Paradigm

18 of 34 members of Kaduna House of Assembly Tuesday afternoon ‘impeached’ the speaker Hon. Muazu Gangara in a commando style that has characterized the Nigerian polity in recent times.

The 18 of its 34 members of the Kaduna Stated House of Assembly who carried out the illegality are loyal to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, but the Governor has since kept quite regarding the ranging storm which forced the house to adjourn sitting till further notice yesterday.

Hon. Muazu Gangara who was ‘impeched’ insists he is the substantive Speaker and will challenge the issue in court.

Gangara spoke at a press conference in Kaduna last night, surrounded by 15 loyal members that included his deputy, Dr. Dogara Mato, as well as the Majority and Minority Leaders, Hon. David Umar and Dr. Shehu Usman Danfulani.

He described as “illegitimate” the action of the 18, led by Philemon Usman and Jerry Kantiok, by which they claimed to have impeached him and replaced him with Shehu Usman Tahir and Hon. Peter Adamu as Deputy Speaker, stressing the sitting did not enjoy the required quorum of 22 members.

“The purported sitting by some members of the Kaduna state House of Assembly is a nullity,” he said.  “Section 92 of the Constitution said no impeachment can take place until two-third of the elected members of the House are present, which have to be 22 out of the 34 members. They did not reach two-third of the membership of the House. The House has since suspended its sitting until further notice and it cannot reconvene without the permission of the chairman, Business and Rules Committee, which they did not get. The mace they used was brought out of the museum for the exercise. It was not the mace in use by the House.  We must respect the constitution of the country. The alternative is that we are heading to court to challenge the impeachment. We are going to follow it through in the court of law.”

The ‘new’ speaker had informed journalist after his swearing-in on Tuesday that it only needs the presence of 13 lawmakers to impeach the speaker and that they 18 of them in attendance.

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