The lingering faceoff between the executive and legislative arms of government in Adamawa State, yesterday took a new turn as nine members of the House of Assembly, believed to be loyal to Governor Bala James Ngilari sat at the Conference Hall of the Government House and impeached the Speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Before the development, 11 aggrieved lawmakers had issued a statement accusing Fintiri of highhandedness and unilateral closure of the House but the executive that was fingered in it. The lawmakers warned that by the action they had no alternative than to convene the sitting elsewhere.
Before the just-concluded March/April general elections in the country, the House had gone on a three-week break to allow members participate in the polls.
But a day to the opening of the House after the break, the 11 members loyal to the governor issued a statement where they expressed their dissatisfaction with the leadership style of Fintiri and threatened to impeach him.
The threat forced Fintiri to shift the plenary sitting from last Monday, April 20, 2015 to Monday, April 27, 2015. Even at that, the House could not convene on the appointed day as the premises was locked, prompting the aggrieved lawmakers to issue another press statement, declaring that they had no alternative than to sit outside the complex.
As the crisis deepens, nine of the 11 aggrieved lawmakers yesterday met at the Government House to impeach the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
As soon as the lawmakers arrived at the Conference Room, the member representing Gombi Constituency, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi, moved for the appointment of Wale Fwa as Protem Speaker and was seconded by Abubakar Umar Girei, who represents Girei constituency
While leading the session, Fwa noted that the session was convened because of the consistent refusal of Fintiri to open the House after series of entreaties made were turned down.
She added that majority of the lawmakers had lost confidence in the leadership of Fintiri as a result of which 17 lawmakers representing 2/3 of the House duly signed for the impeachment of the Speaker and his deputy.
“All the members who signed the impeachment notice have resolved to remove the speaker and his deputy,” she noted.
It was at that point that a member representing Verre constituency, Hon. Salihu Kabillo, moved for the impeachment of Fintiri and his deputy.
Thereafter, Kabillo moved for the nomination of Hon. Jerry Kumdisi as the new Speaker and was seconded by member representing Yola South, Hon. Abuzarri Ribadu.
In his inaugural speech, Kumdisi pledged to end the era of impunity which was entrenched by Fintiri’s leadership which led to his fall.
He promised to work in harmony with the executive arm of government as the relationship was earlier frosty which affected the people of the state, adding that Fintiri also ensured that the House remained under lock for several months.
The new Speaker accused the lawmakers who failed to turn up for the impeachment as cowards, adding that despite their action, their signatures were duly appended and acknowledged.
He moved for the adjournment of the sitting to today at 10am.
Reacting to what he called a nullity, Fintiri said he remains the constitutionally recognised Speaker as those who claimed to have removed him from office did not follow due process of the law.
He said: “It beats my imagination for nine lawmakers who are under the payroll of the governor of the state to sit down with a fake mace at the Government House to effect my removal.”
He said the people of the state know who their representatives are and called on the media to safeguard the truth and the constitution of Nigeria.
“Their action is a nullity as they did not follow the due process of the law. If they are right, they ought to come to the floor of the House and effect my removal and not at the Government House,” he added.
Fintiri adjourned sitting to tomorrow.

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