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Power play in Adamawa Assembly

By Umar Yusuf

THE 25 member House of Assembly in Adamawa State dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has had a remarkable adventure in the past one year since its inauguration. The PDP has an overwhelming majority with 21 members, while the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN has three with the Congress for Progressive Change , CPC having only one seat.

But despite the dominance of the ruling party in the assembly that is also dominated by newcomers, internal squabbles and conflicts with the executive arm are not lacking.

Dissent within the House, led to the impeachment of the duo of Ibrahim Sadiq and Mrs. Wale Fwa respectively from the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

Fwa, remarkably was the first female to hold the position of the Deputy Speaker in the House since the enthronement of the democracy in the country.

The erstwhile speaker and his deputy were impeached for alleged incompetence. They were replaced by Ahmed Umaru Fintiri as speaker and Kamoti La’ori as his deputy.

The change of baton in the legislative arm, however, did not go down well with the executive arm. Prolonged negotiations between the governor and the legislators did not lead to anything and the governor stuck to his guns not to recognize Fintiri as speaker. The face off led to the closure of the House and the gates were for most of December locked up.

The closure of the House was still on when the Supreme Court ruled on the tenure case which Governor Murtala Nyako and his then gubernatorial colleagues lost leading to the installation of Nyako’s foe, Fintiri as Acting Governor!
As Acting Governor, Fintiri, after some equivocation came out to support Nyako’s election.

Remarkably since Nyako’s victory in the February 24  election and his inauguration a semblance of cordiality has returned to the relationship between the two branches of government.


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