In a dramatic twist, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has backtracked on why it suspended six of its members, saying it did so because they were plotting to take over the leadership of the Assembly.
The majority leader of the House, Hon. Tanko Tunga, had on Monday, on the floor of the Assembly moved a motion for the suspension of the six members on the grounds that they organised a press conference wherein they accused their colleagues of collecting financial inducement to support the appointment of sole administrators for local governments.
The deputy speaker, Hon Godiya Akwashiki, who addressed journalists in Lafia on the unfolding imbroglio at the Assembly, alleged that the affected lawmakers had already drafted portfolios each of them will occupy if they succeeded in toppling the incumbent leadership of the Assembly.
Although the reason for the sack of the lawmakers left the public in dismay as to how six lawmakers could topple the leadership of a 24-man Assembly, the deputy speaker who spoke on behalf of his principal, Abdullahi Balarabe, prevaricated on the former allegation that the factional lawmakers where suspended because of a bribery allegation which they leveled against the majority group.
He however explained that the factional group was suspended by the assembly based on their violation of the House rule section 38 (subsection 1, 2 and 3) which prohibits any member from going to press without permission, which, according to him, the six suspended members had done so.
The deputy speaker also adduced that the six members were suspended due to their unruly behaviour that led to the destruction of facilities at the executive hall during the House executive session on that fateful day.
He continued that despite the assembly’s accommodation of the factional group’s unruly behaviour at the executive hall, they (factional group) had carried over the unruly behaviour again into the hollow chamber of the assembly by uttering abusive words on other members.
“Consequent upon their strange behaviour, the assembly was left with no option than to suspend them indefinitely and set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate and report back to the house in a month’s time”.
“Moreover, if they are found guilty by the committee they would face the punitive prescription of the law, but if otherwise, they would be recalled back to continue with their legislative business.”