For almost two weeks now, Adamawa State House of Assembly has remained under lock and key over threat to impeach the Speaker, Honourable Ahmadu Fintiri.
The House was scheduled to seat last week but shifted it sitting to Monday, April 27, following a threat by 11 out of the 25 lawmakers wanting to pass a vote of no confidence on the Speaker.
However, some lawmakers and staff who showed up for work on Monday were denied entry by policemen who said there was directive from above not to allow anybody in.
A statement from the 11 lawmakers signed by their spokesman, Umar Abdulkareem, representing Nassarawo/Binyeri constituency ordered the opening of the House for normal legislative business.
“We members of Adamawa House of Assembly under the leadership of Hon Jerry Kumdisi wish to categorically state that Adamawa state House of Assembly complex which is under seal should be unsealed to enable the house resume its legislative functions.
“By tradition, the chamber is the designated place for legislative business even though the house can sit in any part of Adamawa state to legislate for good governance, peace and stability of the state.
“The stalemate in the house is as a result of leadership high-handedness and maladministration by Ahmadu Umar Fintiri.
“We therefore urge the good people of Adamawa state to be calm and remain law abiding as this stalemate will soon be resolved”, the statement said.
When contacted on the development, the Speaker of the House, Ahmadu Fintiri, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Solomon Kumangar, did not give any reason for the closure of the House but insisted that there was no stalemate.
“The House of Assembly currently does not wish to join issues with anyone. It also wishes to notify the public not to be misled by rumours of any stalemate,” he said.
Investigation by Nigerian Pilot revealed that the House of Assembly complex was closed down on the directive from the executive Governor, Bala James Ngilari, who instructed the police commissioner to seal up the place to avert violence and confusion in the state.