Crisis rocks Adamawa Assembly as police frustrate move to Impeach Speaker Fintiri

Ahmad Fintiri, Adamawa acting governor

For the second time in less than a week, the Speaker, Adamawa state House of Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri, scuttled an attempt by a group of lawmakers to impeach him.

There was tension at the premises of the Assembly as anti-riot police officers kept vigil and put the complex under lock and key.

Eleven aggrieved lawmakers had attempted to reconvene with a view to commence impeachment process against the speaker but could not gain entrance as security operatives locked the complex.

The lawmakers hurriedly moved to the Government House, Yola, where they addressed a press conference, accusing the speaker of plotting to impeach Governor Bala Ngilari.

The 11 lawmakers, led by the former Chief Whip, Jerry Kundusi, had alleged that since the emergence of Mr. Ngilari as substantive Governor of Adamawa, “Fintiri who served as acting Governor was not happy and had been doing everything possible to frustrate the governor”.

“Our speaker has already initiated impeachment proceedings against the Governor.
“Since Ngilari became the Governor of Adamawa, Fintiri has refused to take us to him to pay our respect,” Mr. Kundisi said.

Mr. Kundisi, who was flanked by the 10 other lawmakers, also accused the speaker of planning to suspend some of them for distancing themselves from his plan to impeach the governor.

He said Mr. Fintiri is working for the opposition party, supporting the SDP candidate for Adamawa North Senatorial District and has not been participating in PDP campaigns in the state.

But in a swift reaction, the Speaker, Mr. Fintiri, described the allegation as baseless.

The speaker, who spoke through the chairman of the House Committee on Information, Adamu Kamale, accused Governor Ngilari of hatching a plot to impeach him.

Mr. Fintiri said the governor doled out N200 million to the eleven law makers for the project.
Mr. Fintiri also accused the governor of perpetrating ant-party activities by recruiting members of opposition parties to remove the him.

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