Crisis looms as court reinstates impeached Plateau speaker
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on April 4, 2023
crisis is looming at the Plateau State House of Assembly following the reinstatement of the impeached Speaker, Honorable Abok Ayuba, who was sacked on October 18, 2021.
A high court sitting in Jos yesterday declared the impeachment of Ayuba as illegal, null and void.
The presiding Judge, Justice M. L. Musa, of Court 6, therefore, reinstated him on that ground.
Ayuba was impeached as speaker by some members of the assembly in a sitting held between 6am and 7am on October 18, 2021, and was replaced immediately with the Member representing Pengana Constituency, Honorable Yakubu Sanda.
But in a swift reaction to the judgment, the Majority Leader of the House and House Committee Chairman on Information, Honorable Nanlong Daniel, says his seat had been declared vacant and that in any case, the house is not aware of the judgement.
Connectedly, former Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, is saying that it was a worrisome situation that some Nigerian judges have ruined the reputation of the judiciary.
Igini also says he would never be part of any plot or design to deceive Nigerians.
Many Nigerians, including those in the Diaspora, had accused Igini of deceiving the public through his weekly voters’ and civic education before the general elections where he had assured that with the BVAS and the iREV, the elections would be transparent.
Responding to a question that the judiciary in the country appeared to have lost its reputation, Igini says although some bad eggs had given the judiciary a bad name, there were still good ones that could be relied upon.