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Niger Assembly declares lawmaker’s seat vacant for defecting from APC

Niger Assembly declares lawmaker’s seat vacant for defecting from APC

- A Niger state lawmaker Danladi Iyah's seat has been declared vacant

- This is followed by his resignation as a member of the All Progressives Congress

- He was also accused of fueling speculations that the gale of defections from the APC will soon hit the state Assembly

The Niger state House of Assembly has declared Danladi Iyah's seat vacant for resigning his membership of the All Progressives Congress and fueling speculations that the gale of defection from the party will soon hit the Assembly.

This Day reports that Iyah did not disclose what other political party he is panning to join. gathered that he conveyed his resignation to the state chairman of the party, Jibrin Imam, in which he gave the reason for leaving the APC to “humiliation and hostilities I suffered while I was in the APC.”

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It was learnt that in a swift reaction to Iyah’s letter, the APC wrote to the assembly asking that the legislator’s seat be declared vacant.

Imam said in the letter: “I want the House of Assembly to effect the provisions of section 109 sub section 1(g) of the Nigerian constitution and declare the seat of the member representing Tafa state constituency vacant. His reasons are not justifiable.”

According to the chairman’s letter, the reason given by the legislator was not tenable as it was personal and not constitutional.

When the APC chairman’s letter was read at plenary on Wednesday, August 15, a member representing Borgu state constituency, Alhaji Bala Ahmed Abba, threw his weight behind the letter, saying the resignation of his colleague was unconstitutional.

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Abba said: “Declaring his (Iyah) seat vacant is the right thing to do.” Mohammed Haruna seconded the motion. When the motion was put for voting, the members unanimously agreed that the legislator’s seat should be declared vacant.

The speaker, Ahmed Marafa Guni, directed the clerk of the assembly to convey the decision to the relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, had reported that Kaduna state House of Assembly elected Nuhu Shadalafiya as new deputy speaker following the defection of the former deputy speaker to PDP.

John Audu's seat had earlier been declared vacant by the Kaduna state members of the Assembly on Wednesday, August 15. The former deputy speaker represents Kachia constituency at the Assembly.

The speaker of the Assembly, Aminu Shagali, declared the seat vacant and Shadalafiya, the former committee chairman on information and member representing Kagarko constituency was subsequently elected as the new deputy speaker.

Ahmed Mohammed representing Zaria/ Kewaye nominated Shadalafiya for the position. The motion was accepted by the lawmakers.

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