Spokesman of the group and member representing Nasarawo/Binyeri Constituency, Hon. Umar Abdulkarim, in a statement said that members have lost confidence in the Speaker and his style of leadership.
Abdulkarim claimed that they started having problem with the Speaker, Ahmadu Fintiri after their refusal to join his plot to impeach Governor Bala James Ngilari.
He also accused Fintiri of deliberately closing the assembly to frustrate the members from removing him.
” The leadership of the House under Fintiri has exhibited high-handedness in the conduct of the activities of the House.
” In view of the foregoing, we have lost confidence in the Speaker and his leadership style and therefore consider him not capable of further leading the House.
” In conclusion, we call on all those behind the closure of the House including security operatives to re-open the House on Monday 20th day of April 2015 to enable the House resumed full legislative functions under a new leadership”, the statement said.
Reacting to the development, the House Deputy Speaker, Bar Kwamoti Laori, said the action of lawmakers was against the rules of Ethics and privileges of the House and that Abdulkareem who issued the statement has no right to do that.
Laori said if any lawmaker has grouse with the Speaker, he should state his grievances on floor of the House.
” He is a member and the right place to vent his concern is on the floor of the House. He should take cognizance that the Speaker is not an appointee but an elected leader of the House”, Laori said.
Laori explained that the purported allegation of planning to impeach Gov Bala Ngilari was not true and the said closure of the Assembly was necessitated and properly done because of the general election.
The Deputy Speaker accused Abdulkarim and his group of collecting money from the executive to act a script, warning that they would not succeed.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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