Adamawa Lawmakers Plot Removal of Fintiri as Speaker
Anxiety has engulfed Adamawa State House of Assembly as a plot to impeach its embattled speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, who was recently sacked as acting governor of the state by an Abuja High Court, gathers momentum.
Indications emerging from the House of Assembly indicate high political scheming by the state lawmakers to get rid of the speaker over some thorny issues that may be connected with integrity deficit.
An insider source revealed that 17 lawmakers are currently pressing for Fintiri’s removal, saying that the speaker may be shown the way out sooner than expected as the legislators could no more vouch for his integrity.
Another reason advanced for the speaker’s removal was the need to adhere to the spirit of spread of political offices as enshrined in the party’s constitution. Both Fintiri and the new governor Bala James Ngillari are from the same town, Michika.
Some of the lawmakers contend that it is unconstitutional for the speaker and the governor to come from the same zone, let alone the same town.
They insist that “the House will not lay a wrong precedent because of the interest of few people.”
It was gathered that the speaker would be asked to resign honourably, but if he resists, then the lawmakers would impeach him.
When contacted, the chairman, House Committee on Information, Adamu Kamale, said he was not aware of any plot to remove the speaker from office.