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Niger Assembly Sacks Second Speaker In One Week, Enthrones Third

Posted: May 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Niger State House of Assembly has impeached its second Speaker in one week.

The Assembly, on Tuesday morning, May 5, 2015, impeached Isah Kawu, who was elected Speaker, just last week, after impeaching Mohammed Tsowa Gammunu, for lack of competence.

Kawu, like his predecessor, was also impeached by a majority for incompetence and lack of confidence.

He was impeached following a no-confidence vote from 21 members of the parliament.

Only three members voted in favour of retaining him in office.

The motion for Kawu’s impeachment was moved by Andrew Doma of Shiroro constituency  and seconded by Abass Wazire, representing Magama constituency.

A new speaker, Adamu Usman, has been elected and sworn in by the Clerk of the House.

Kawu’s predecessor, Mohammed Tsowa Gammunu, was impeached last Tuesday after a motion was moved by Bashir Loko Goma, representing Wushishi constituency under similar circumstances.

The former Speaker, Gamunu, had on Monday, sued Kawu – then as speaker – and 19 other members of the parliament at a Minna High Court seeking to restrain Kawu (now out of office) from performing the duties of the office.

Kawu’s close associatess believe that his removal was masterminded by the governor, Babangida Aliyu, who they say is not comfortable with the speaker’s style.

The Minority Leader, Mohammed Nasirudeen Umar, representing Kontagora 1 Constituency, who confirmed the development, stated that the governor was “bent on destabilising the legislative arm by inducing members with financial gratification.”

The state’s Information Commissioner, Danladi Abdulhamid, has however denied the allegation.

According to him, the government had never bothered about who serves as the speaker of the House of Assembly.