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Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Niger Gov intervenes in Speaker, Deputy impeachment crisis

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has intervened in the planned impeachment process of the State Assembly Speaker and his Deputy, who were allegedly said to be executive rubber stamp.
Governor Bello, who did not schedule any visit to the lawmakers, officially drove in to the House Complex yesterday morning, held about two hours closed door meeting with the House of Assembly members only at plenary session without any external coverage.
It was reliably gathered that the meeting was not unconnected with so many rifts between the parliament members and their principals at one side and between the legislature and the executive at the other side.
The members have been agitating against non release of their constituency allowances; hence they cannot impact positively on their people by providing dividend of democracy to the electorates, even as electioneering campaign draws closer.
It was further revealed that the House has begun underground impeachment process of the Speaker, Ahmed Marafa and his Deputy, Hon. Hussaini Ibrahim, who have been dinning and wining with the state Governor, after which they planned to subsequently impeach the Governor.
According sources in the Assembly, another problem has to do with the disrespect and disregard by the Governor to its resolutions and bills passed, especially the new pension law passed and gazetted and his refusal to implement them three months after.
Moreso, the ongoing House of Assembly Commission complex project agreed to be completed within one year for commissioning has been abandoned for months without satisfactory explanation.
In another development, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, was in the House to iron out some grievances and prepare ground for his 2018 budget presentation, as well as to ease acceptance of his list of commissioner nominees to be sent to them, he however sacked 15 commissioners about a month ago.
Although the Governor shun the journalists who were patiently waiting outside the chamber for the outcome of their meeting, as he was guided by his security details into his car and drove away.
But in a brief interview with the Niger State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni, who said that there were issues which have been resolved with the intervention of the Governor.
According to him, “there were issues but have been resolved, the governor is here to see how we are working and settle some rifts” he stated.

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