A mild drama ensued again at Niger State House of Assembly yesterday, as the new Speaker, Hon. Isah Kawu and 20 other members were ordered out of the Assembly Complex by the police.
The Police and other security agents had locked the gates to prevent entering and exit of people, especially the Assembly workers as they fired tear gas canisters all over the complex.
This was to prevent the new leadership from impeaching Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu for allegedly not carrying members along and other misconducts.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that Governor Aliyu doesn’t want the new leadership of the House to disgrace him out of office as he deployed over 300 armed policemen and other security agents to prevent members from coming into the complex.
It was also learnt that the new Speaker and his supporters left the Assembly for an undisclosed place for a meeting where they will decide the next step to take on the governor.
All efforts to reach Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Emmanuel Amore, proved abortive as he was not prepared to speak to journalists on the matter.
Meanwhile, the embattled Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman, insisted that the new leadership is illegal.
“What they did is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect. We are still the leaders of the House of Assembly. I am happy they did not accuse any of us of financial mismanagement.”
Assembly crisis has nothing to do with Gov Aliyu – CPS
But the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, has said that the crisis rocking the Assembly is an internal affair and has nothing to do with Governor Aliyu as being speculated by the media.
On Monday, the Assembly was engulfed in a crisis which led to the impeachment of the principal officers including the Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.
In a statement he issued yesterday in Minna, the state capital, Ebije said that speculations over impeachment moves against the governor were false and should be treated as such.
He said that the governor enjoys robust relationship with the House, adding that shortly after alleged impeachment of the Speaker (Usman), those parading themselves as the new leadership led by Hon. Isah Kawu met with the governor to explain their action and pledged their continuous support.
Ebije said the healthy relationship between the governor and the lawmakers has made Niger State one of the best with high turnover of new laws. He added that Governor Aliyu has worked with the lawmakers, establishing and sustaining robust partnership to deliver dividend of democracy to people of the state since 2007.
He also said that in the past eight years, Aliyu has commissioned projects, curbed unemployment and poverty rates in the state with policies which have received the endorsements of the lawmakers with resounding accolades from within and outside the country.

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