BREAKING: Plateau Assembly Declares Ex-speaker Abok’s Seat Vacant, Gives Reason
- Former Speaker Ayuba Abok seems to be paying through his nose for defecting from the APC to the PDP
- The seat of the Plateau lawmakers was on Tuesday, March 22, declared vacant by Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda
- Abok had officially declared his interest to return to the opposition party from which he defected to the APC
Following his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), former Speaker Nuhu Abok Ayuba was meted a serious punishment by the Plateau state House of Assembly.
The speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda, during plenary on Tuesday, March 22, declared Ayuba's seat vacant, Leadership reports.
Speaker of northern state's House Of Assembly dumps APC for PDP
Recall that Abok had officially defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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In a statement on Friday, March 18, revealing his letter of resignation of membership from the APC, Ayuba expressed his interest to return to the opposition party at the local government secretariat in Angware, Jos East.
Confirming the development to AIT on Saturday, March 19, the embattled speaker claimed that his decision was influenced by the need to save Plateau from a failed leadership of the APC which is threatening to crumble the state government if allowed to thrive.
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Meanwhile, Ayuba had petitioned Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) demanding total cancellation of congresses conducted in the state by the ruling APC.
The lawmaker said Governor Simon Lalong and his supporters didn't carry members of the House of Assembly, critical stakeholders, and other party faithful along in the process leading to the selection of executives from ward, local government, and the state.
In a petition seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, January 13 in Abuja, Hon. Ayuba said the governor Lalong could not talk about the national convention when Plateau state APC was still in crisis.
The petitioner appealed to the Buni-led leadership to correct what he described as injustice against majority members of Plateau APC by conducting fresh congresses in the state.
The petition read in part:
“The governor of Plateau state has among other things being very undemocratic with the way party issues are handled.
“From the way he chose to oust the former chairman, Mr. Letep Dabang out of office because Dabang always threaded caution and advised against using unconfirmed reports from praise singers to make informed decisions and this didn‘t go well with the governor."