- Governor Simon Lalong has expressed deep concern over the recent development regarding the impeachment of the speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly
- Lalong disclosed that the development came as a surprise to him as it was unexpected, insisting 16 lawmakers made the move to impeach Abok Ayuba
- Meanwhile, a new speaker has emerged following the removal of the former speaker, on Thursday by the state’s Assembly members
Jos, Plateau state- Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state has reacted to the impeachment of Abok Ayuba as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly saying that he was surprised about the development.
The Punch reported that the governor on Thursday, October 28, who made this disclosure when the new Speaker, Yakubu Sanda visited him at the Rayfield Government House in Jos, insisted that 16 lawmakers signed for the impeachment of the former Speaker.
A statement issued by the governor’s director of press and public affairs, Macham Makut said, the new Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda has led principal officers and some members of the House to the Government House to assure the Executive arm of its collaboration and cooperation in running the affairs of the State.
The statement reads thus:
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“The new Speaker was received at the Government House by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, on behalf of the Governor.
“Speaking during the visit, the Majority leader of the House Hon. Naanlong Daniel said they were at the Government House in line with the tradition of the House to introduce the new leadership of the House whenever there is a change.”
The statement added that the new Speaker emerged after 16 out of the 23 members of the House signed the petition to impeach the former Speaker.
Responding on behalf of the Governor, the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu said Governor Lalong and the entire Executive arm was surprised with the development, but nevertheless respects the decision of the House which is an autonomous organ that has powers to manage its internal affairs.
He assured the House that the doors of the Executive will always remain open for collaboration and cooperation with the legislature in delivering good governance and actualising the Rescue Agenda.
Earlier, Channels TV reported that the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Abok, was impeached by eight members of the legislative arm of the government.
The member representing Pengana Constituency, Yakubu Sanda, was named as the new Speaker.
Plateau Speaker Addresses Alleged Plan to Impeach Governor Lalong
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Abok Nuhu Ayuba, the Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, has said there is no plan to impeach Governor Simon Lalong over current security challenges.
It was reported that Ayuba told newsmen in Jos that the House would continue to work with the governor to strengthen the security of lives and properties of residents in the state.
The speaker emphasised there was no time the House planned to impeach the governor, saying the lawmakers only gave the governor a two-week ultimatum to speak out and give the people hope.
Lalong denies sealing off Plateau state assembly to stop impeachment
Earlier, the Plateau government has reacted to claims that Governor Lalong sealed off the state's House of Assembly to prevent the commencement of alleged impeachment processes against him.
There were reports that some armed security agents surrounded the Assembly's complex in case of violence that might ensue from continued calls for Lalong's impeachment.
However, the government denied claims that the security officers were sent by the governor to seal off the building on Monday, August 30. Denying the claims, the commissioner for information and communication, Dan Manjung, said they are false and should be disregarded.