Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Things Falls Apart in Sokoto Assembly, As Speaker Escapes impeachment

Barely Two days after fracas ensued in edo Assembly leading to the removal of its Speaker, Sokoto state however tasted its own bitter pills when pandemonium broked out in same way it did in edo. This time, attempt to impeach its speaker Alhaji Salihu Maidaji went unsuccessful. 

The aggrieved lawmakers numbering ten had accused the speaker of enriching himself via corrupt means, and called for his immediate impeachment.
Drama started when the speaker arrived the chamber and ordered the House Leader to commence the proceeding.
But, in a counter move the Deputy House Leader, Ibrahim Kabiru Kware led other aggrieved lawmakers to chant: ‘Barrowo, barawo’ (meaning thief.)
The chanting, however, caused commotion among members, especially those loyal to the speaker, a situation which led to a free for all.
In the pandemonium that ensued, the House mace was broken while the speaker was whisked away by security personnel attached to him. He took away the broken mace.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the fracas, spokesman of the aggrieved ten lawmakers, Sani Yakubu, representing Gudu Constituency, accused the speaker of being a stooge of the executive.
He lamented that the House had so far approved loan of over N100 billion for the state government, which according to him, may plunge the state into debt that it may not be able to repay for a long time.
“The speaker has been spending money recklessly without the approval of the House. We have approved over N100 billion loan for the state government and from now to next year, if nothing is done, Sokoto will not be able to pay salary by next year. He has made himself a stooge of the executive. He has put Sokoto in danger.
“I have been in the House since 2007 and I have never seen a corrupt leader like the present speaker, Maidaji. He is the most corrupt speaker we have seen.
He disclosed that more members are ready to join other aggrieved members to impeach the speaker at the next seating.

Responding to the allegation, the Speaker of the House, Alhaji  Maidaji, described the allegation as false, saying there was no iota of truth in the allegation.

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