Why Jigawa State Assembly impeached House Speaker

There seems to be a wave of leadership tussle between State Houses of Assembly and Governors.

In recent days, not less than 3 State House speakers have been impeached under questionable circumstances.

First, it was Rivers State, then Abia State. In Abia, the newly elected speaker was replaced after 24 hours in office.

The trend has shifted to the North as the Jigawa State House of Assembly has also impeached her speaker, Idris Garba.

Members of the house impeached him this morning and elected Alhaji Isa Idris as the new speaker.

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Idris represents Gwaram Constituency.

The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Ahmed Garba presided over the sitting attended by 23 members.

The Clerk of the house, Alhaji Hussaini Ali, had announced that he received an impeachment notice signed by 25 of the 30 assembly members.

Alhaji Garba read the impeachment notice on the floor of the house.

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Garba disclosed that members of the assembly impeached the speaker due to alleged high-handedness and abuse of power.

After reading the impeachment notice, the Deputy confirmed the number of members that signed the notice.

“With this development, I hereby declare the seat of the Speaker vacant.

“A fresh election should be conducted to elect the new speaker,” Garba said.

Two members – Alhaji Isa Dutse of Dutse Municipal constituency and Isa Idris of Gwaram constituency– were nominated.

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Isa Idris defeated Isa Dutse with 12 to six votes, while five members were indifferent.

The new Speaker promised to run an open door policy and solicited members support and cooperation

Last week, Abia State House of Assembly impeached a speaker and the replacement resigned 24 hours after.

In Rivers State, the speaker also stepped down by ‘political arrangement’ for a new one.