There is a brewing cold war in the Adamawa House of Assembly as the speaker, Kabiru Mijinyawa, on Thursday removed the Chief Whip, Hassan Barguma, and the Deputy Chief Whip, Abubakar Isa, for their positions.
Mr. Mijinyawa announced the removal at the House plenary.
The speaker also removed Mr. Barguma as chairman of the House Committee on Information, and reassigned him to be in charge of committee on Internally Displaced Persons.
Mr. Mijinyawa appointed the House Deputy Speaker as the new chairman of the Committee on Information, while the speaker as vice chairman.
Other standing committees whose chairmen were removed are Solid Minerals, Youth and Sports, Commerce, Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives.
Mr. Mijinyawa’s action, which took many lawmakers by surprise, is being perceived by many as a move to stamp his authority following speculations of impeachment threat against him.
Analysts say the outspoken Mr. Barguma could be seen nursing the ambition of becoming speaker.
The speaker had months ago spoken about the threat to impeach him for allegedly no “carrying everyone along”, telling journalists it was impossible to “carry everyone along”
“I can’t carry everyone along; it’s normal in life that nobody can satisfy all. I carry some and drop others, particularly those that messed up. I have no regret for that,” he had said.
When contacted on the development, Mr. Barguma said though it came to him as a surprise, he accepted his removal in good faith as part of politics of the house.
“I am not in the House to become Chief Whip, I am in the house to represent my people of Hong constituency. A legislature is not judged by leadership position he occupies in the house but by laws he made and the representation he gave his people,” Mr. Barguma said.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...