Gyang Bere, Jos

The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Peter Ajang Azi, has been impeached. The Assembly, through a voice vote, unanimously endorsed the nomination of Joshua Madaki, who represents the Jos East Constituency, as new speaker.

The nomination was seconded by Hon. Abdul Yanga, member representing Mangu North-East constituency.

The impeachment came following a motion raised by Peter Ibrahim Gyendeng, member representing Barkin-Ladi constituency, where over 200 persons were massacred by Fulani herdsmen few weeks ago and seconded by Yusuf Gagdi.

Gyendeng said the action was based on section 92, subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which give the legislature the powers to pass vote of “no confidence” in the Speaker.

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“Mr speaker, in accordance with section 92, subsection 2, we the underlisted members of this assembly have passed a vote of no confidence in you, and you stand impeached, “ he declared.

Gyendeng, who didn’t give the rationale for their action, said 17 members who signed the impeachment notice formed two-third majority of the 24-members of the assembly.

The members, through a voice vote, unanimously affirmed the nomination of Madaki as substantive speaker of the House.

Also, 12 out of the 17 APC members in the House passed a vote of no confidence in the Majority Leader, Henry Yunkwap, and endorsed Na’anlong Daniel of Mikang Constituency as the new leader.