The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly Abok Ayuba was on Thursday, October 28, surprisingly impeached by eight out of the 24 members of the state parliament.
The sitting was presided over by Deputy Speaker of the House Saleh Yipmong during what has been described as an “unusual sitting.”
A new speaker has since emerged: Yakubu Sanda who represents Pengana Constituency.
The “former” speaker has been under intense pressure since the eruption of unrest in many communities in Bassa and Jos North where several people were killed, many others injured and others totally displaced from their ancestral homes.
The State Governor Simon Lalong had been issued a two-week ultimatum to act promptly on the resolution forwarded to him on security and the restoration of peace in the state.
The House of Assembly also demanded that the governor issues a statement in defence of the citizens in the face of security challenges in the state.
It was gathered that the eight members who deposed the speaker gained access into the parliament as early as 06:00 AM when other members slept and sent the Speaker packing. The operation held in the presence of heavy security personnel.
The lawmakers first attempted to impeach the speaker on the night of Wednesday, October 27, but the operation failed to go through.
According to Nanbol Daniel [PDP, Langtang North Central], he claims the impeachment will not be sustained because the rules of deposition of speaker and deputy speaker were not observed in the instant case.
Meanwhile, a petition emerged on social media in the early hours of Wednesday by a group referred to as Youths Rights Against Corruption [YRAC] in which the speaker was accused of corruption.
The group claimed it had submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] against the speaker, accusing him of high level corruption, financial misappropriation and abuse of office.
The group further demanded that the under fire speaker steps down from his position pending the completion of EFCC’s investigation.
The embattled Speaker is yet to respond to these allegations.