Thursday, October 10, 2013

PLATEAU STATE: Deputy Speaker imIpeached?

The Deputy Speaker of Plateau House of Assembly, Mr Johnbull Shekarau, was impeached on Wednesday for dereliction of duty.
Shekarau (PDP-Shendam) was impeached few minutes after he presided over the selection of a new speaker, following the resignation of the former Speaker, Mr John Dabwan “in the interest of peace’’.
He described the resignation of Dabwan as sad and touching, and called for the nomination of a new speaker.
He later announced, Mr Titus Alarms representing Bokkos Constituency as the new speaker following Alarms nomination as the unopposed candidate.
Shekarau handed over to Alarms, who few minutes after was faced with the duty of presiding over the impeachment of his deputy.
The motion for his removal was moved by Mr Abbas Wokdung, the member representing Dengi Constituency.
Wokdung drew the attention of the house to a petition signed by 16-members demanding the removal of the deputy speaker.
The petition, which was also signed by the former speaker, passed “a vote of no confidence’’ on the deputy speaker for dereliction of duty and demanded his removal.
The speaker after consulting with the Clerk, said that the petition met with the requirements of the law and consequently announced the impeachment of Alarms.
Mrs Joyce Ramnap, representing Pankshin South, defeated two other nominees to emerge as the new deputy speaker.
Source: NAN