Tension In Kaduna Assembly Over Plot To Impeach Speaker

Published 6 years ago by: Olusola Agbaje
at 09:53 AM, 15/08/2013 (6 years ago)

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Political tension is brewing at the Kaduna State House of Assembly as some members are moving for the impeachment of Speaker Usman Gangara and other principal officers.

A source told SaharaReporters the members on Wednesday engaged in a series of closed-door meetings but did not agree on the impeachment.

It was also speculated that some of the members have been financially induced to carry out the agenda, an allegation SaharaReporters has not been able to authenticate.  One source in the Assembly alleged that the executive arm of the government and some powerful politicians based in Abuja are behind the plot to impeach the Speaker, accusing him of not being forthcoming in implementing the bidding of the executive.

The source, who is also a member of the House said, “We are seeing the handwriting on the wall, that there are indeed moves to effect a certain agenda by changing leadership of the assembly. They just came and started saying that they want change in our leadership. We are watching some funny excuses as ineffectiveness of the leadership and we know where they are heading to.”

The source further said that at the end of their long meetings, the legislators achieved understanding and mended fences with all aggrieved parties and agreed to forge ahead.

An independent source in Kaduna town told SaharaReporters that the Assembly itself is a shadow of itself.  He drew attention to its weakness in its relationship with the executive arm despite the flagrant abuse of office in that branch, and use of state funds without carrying out their oversight functions as lawmakers. He also expressed the view that a majority of the legislators see their the Assembly as merely a place of making money, not to legislate or carry out oversight.

The Assembly, it would be recalled, recently indicted the executive arm in its report on the management of SURE-P funds.

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Toks-E at 03:40 PM, 15/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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