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Why Niger’s New Speaker Was Barred From Assembly Complex

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna

Niger State House of Assembly Speaker, Adamu Usman, has  said Hon. Isah Kawu, the new speaker, representing Bida I alongside 20 other legislators were ordered out of  Assembly complex early Wednesday morning May 6, 2015 because he (Usman) is still in charge constitutionally.

Usman described the Kawu-led group as ‘illegal’, and his purported impeachment ‘null and void and of no effect’.
The speaker, who spoke in Minna, pointed out that the ‘rebel’ group felt that the state funds were being siphoned illegally by his leadership, while unaware of the financial crunch that hit the legislature.

He explained: “Since January 2015, we have not received overhead cost because of problems associated with federation account. “Everybody is aware. I do not control finance, as it comes I disburse. So, the impeachment beats my imagination.”

Usman, who had served as commissioner for Justice, further said, “I am happy they did not accuse any of us of any financial mismanagement.

“Whatever you see today is illegal because the Mace is under my custody and so whatever decision they are taking is illegal. I as the speaker, my deputy, Abdulraham Bala Gambo, the
Chief Whip, Abdullahi Lawal, and the Majority Leader, Haruna Labaram, are still in charge. There are grudges that government had not done anything to them as expected and we are making
efforts to see what we can do about it only to hear that they carried out an impeachment against us without any offence.”

Usman, who however, expressed fears over what would happen if they had succeeded, said, “What it means now is that Governor Aliyu should get prepared because I advised him before hand on this matter.
So, anything that comes out of it, he should get prepared”.