From Umar Dankano, Yola
The Adamawa state House of Assembly was thrown into pandemonium as the Deputy Speaker and other Five principal officials of the state Assembly were impeached by seventeen lawmakers out of twenty five members.
It was alleged that the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker and other five principal officers occurred after a motion of constitutional matter was raised by member representing Mubi North constituency, Honourable Sani Shehu, at a resumed plenary on Saturday, when he said the entire members have lost confidence in their leadership style.
Members affected were: Former Deputy Speaker, Honourable Emmanuel Tsamdu of Madagali Constituency, Majority Leader, Honourable Hassan Barguma of Hong
Constituency, Deputy Majority Leader, Honourable Abubakar Isah, representing Shelleng Constituency, Deputy Chief Whip, Honourable Umar Abdullahi Yapak of Verre Constituency.
Others impeached were; Minority Leader, Honourable Lumsambani Dilli of Demsa Constituency, as well as Deputy Minority Leader, Honourable Joshua Obadiah Nkom of Lamurde Constituency.
A motion was then moved for the dissolution of the impeached officers by Honourable Umar Hammajoda, representing Jada/Mbulo Constituency, who backed his motion with the suspension of House standing Order 29, sub section (30) to affect the changes as required by their standing rules.
However, the House was sharply divided as some were of the view that the process was constitutional, while those impeached were of the opinion that out the 17 members claimed to have signed the impeachment letter, only 13 were present at the session to confirm their signatures.
However, new leadership were elected by the members including; Former Minority leader, Hon.Lumsambani Dilli of Demsa constituency, who is the new Deputy Speaker, member representing Uba/Gaya Constituency, Hon.Mohammed Atiku
Hayatu, as Majority Leader, Hon. Sani Shehu of Mubi North as Deputy Majority Leader.
Hon.Safiyanu Aliyu Muleng representing Song Constituency has been elected as the new Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Rufa’i Umar Gombi of Gombi Constituency and Hon Joshua Obadiah Nkom of Lamurde constituency are now Minority and Deputy Minority Leaders of the Assembly respectively.
With this development, it has became the fourth time leadership change is being effected in the Adamawa Assembly without affecting the Speaker, Hon.Kabiru Mijinyawa (Yola South Constituency).
To this end, some political pundits in the state are pointing an accusing finger at him, saying that he must have inspired all the changes in the House since inception as the sixth Assembly.