- Youths in Plateau state have protested against the recent impeachment of Abok Ayuba as speaker of the state assembly
- The young people on Monday, November 1, in their numbers stormed the Plateau State House of Assembly
- The placard-carrying youths called for the reinsttaement of Ayuba who was swiftly replaced with Sanda Yakubu
Recall that Abok was impeached as the speaker and replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who hails from the Pingana constituency of Bassa local government area of the state.
Sixteen out of the 24 members of the assembly voted in favour of the impeachment at the plenary on Thursday, October 28. Ayuba was impeached after a vote of no confidence was passed on him.
The young people in their numbers converged at the House as early as 4 am despite security presence around the assembly complex.
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In another report by Vanguard, youths carrying various placards called for the impeached speaker to be reinstated.
According to them, Ayuba is a youth that is being persecuted for standing for the future of Plateau.
It was gathered the impeached speaker and 12 of his allies were in the Assembly, having a meeting while security personnel were seen in strategic positions around the complex.
Impeached Plateau speaker holds parallel plenary
Ayuba, on Thursday, October 28, held a parallel plenary following his immediate removal from office.
He held the session at Zawan Community Hall in Bukuru, Jos South local government area alongside other members of the House.
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The embattled speaker was reported to have suspended six members said to have been responsible for his impeachment.
Governor reacts over Plateau speaker’s impeachment
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state has reacted to Ayuba's impeachment saying that he was surprised about the development.
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 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.