Nasarawa Impeachment: Constituents Begin Process of Recalling Speaker, 5 Others
The impeachment saga initiated by the members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has taken another turn as some constituents in the state have begun the process of recalling the Speaker, Musa Ahmed Mohammed and five other members of the assembly.
The other five members are: the deputy speaker, Elisha Agwadu, Mohammed Baba Ibaku, Abdulkarim Usman, Francis Orogu and Mohammed Sidi Bako.
It was gathered that constituents in two of the constituencies, namely Nasarawa-Central, and Udege/Loko, where the speaker and Ibaku are representing, respectively, people have for the past two weeks been collecting signatures from constituents. But the other constituencies have just commenced the exercise.
In Nasarawa-Central, the constituents have already set up a central committee headed by the chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Tijjani Ahmed, who is coordinating the recall process with three sub-committees.
A former council chairman, Barrister Mohammed Sani Bawa is heading the Nasarawa-Central sub-committee, the state Commissioner of Agriculture, Danladi Madaki, is heading the sub-committee for Udege, while Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo and Nuhu Abubakar, a former councillor is heading the sub-committee for Loko axis.
The council chairman, Tijjani Ahmed,said yesterday that there are also seven sub-committees for the seven wards of Nasarawa-Central, just as there are 44 sub-committees set up to coordinate signatories in the 44 polling units of the constituency.
“We are on course and signatures have started coming in from constituents against the two lawmakers representing the two constituencies of Nasarawa Local Government,” Ahmed said.
The state commissioner of Agriculture, Madaki said that constituents are “falling over each other to append their signatures against Ibaku,” just as Sani Bawa said they are getting signatures from Angwan Dalatu polling unit, where the speaker voted in 2011.
But Ibaku, who confirmed he is aware of the process initiated to commence his recall, said he is not bothered by the development.
“I was voted by 43,500 PDP members of my constituency in 2011. My opponent polled only 13,000. If the 43,500 people who elected me say they want me out; I will be bothered. If disgruntled APC members in their microscopic minority are initiating a recall against me, I will be sleeping and waiting for 90 days for our people to go a referendum to decide who is more popular in Udege/Loko,” he said.
When contacted, the speaker’s spokesman, Tanko Ibrahim, said: “Frankly speaking, I have no comments.”
Francis Orogu, on his part, confirmed the moves against him but insisted that the process is not one to give him sleepless nights.
“I have 100 per cent support from my constituents to go ahead with the impeachment against the governor. I consulted my people and they gave me the go ahead. Today, they are promising me an automatic ticket because I did them proud by appending my signature to the impeachment notice,” he said.
This is just as Lanze Kassim Ujah, a legislative aide to Usman of Wamba, said he is aware of plans by the minority APC members in his area to recall his boss, but added: “My boss consulted his constituents and got their approval. He is still in touch with his constituents”.
The deputy speaker, Elisha Agwandu said he got the mandate of a majority PDP constituent to represent the area in the state assembly, just as he insisted that he had the approval of the electorate to sign the impeachment notice against the governor. Sidi Bako could not be reached at press time.
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