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Impeachment Season: Adamawa Law Makers Impeach Speaker, Deputy

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No fewer than nine legislators had on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 impeached the Speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and his deputy, Mr Kwamoti La’ori during a sitting at the Conference Hall of  the Government House in Adamawa State.

Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. (Photo Credit: Peoplesdailyng.com)
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. (Photo Credit: Peoplesdailyng.com)

This is coming in the wake of the crisis between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the state.

Fintiri was replaced by Hon. Jerry Kumdisi as the new speaker following a motion moved by Hon Kabillo and seconded by the member representing Yola South, Hon Abuzarri Ribadu.

The House of Assembly had gone on a three-week recess to allow members participate actively in the general elections of Saturday, March 28, 2015.

But a day to the re-opening of the House after the elections, 11 members believed to be supporters of Governor Bala Ngillari, released a statement claiming that they were not satisfied with the way Finitri led the House.

They called for a replacement of the speaker which made Fintiri to postpone the plenary which ought to have commenced on Monday, April 20, 2015 to Monday, April 27, 2015.

However, the House could not sit as the Assembly remained locked which propelled some aggrieved lawmakers to issue another statement stating that they had no option but to sit anywhere within the state as the speaker refused to open the House for legislative functions.

As the crisis deepened, nine among the 11 aggrieved lawmakers Tuesday, April 28, 2015 convened at the Government House where they removed the speaker and his deputy, Vanguard reports.

As soon as the nine lawmakers arrived the conference room, the member representing Gombi Constituency, Jerry Kumdisi moved for the appointment of Wale Fwa as protem speaker and was seconded by the member representing Girei constituency Abubakar Umar Girei.

Fwa who presided over the session observed that the reason for convening the session was as a result of the consistent refusal of Fintiri to open the House even after several warnings.

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