Niger state Assembly gets third speaker in one week


The Nigeria state House of Assembly has impeached its second speaker in one week.

The assembly, Tuesday morning, impeached Isah Kawu who it  elected speaker just last week, after impeaching  Mohammed Tsowa Gammunu, for lack of competence.

Mr Kawu, like his predecessor, was 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 to impeach Mr Kawu 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.

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

Close pals of Mr Kawu believe his removal was masterminded by the governor, Babangida Aliyu, whom they say is not comfortable with the speaker’s style.

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

The state’s information commissioner, Danladi Abdulhamid, denied the allegation, saying the government had never bothered about who serves as the speaker of the House of Assembly.



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