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Useni emerges new Taraba Assembly speaker

By John Mkom with agency report

Jalingo—A new Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly has been elected. He is Mark Useni who emerged following the resignation of the former Speaker, Mr Josiah Kente in the early hours of yesterday.

Kente told newsmen yesterday morning in Jalingo that he had forwarded his resignation letter to the Clerk of the assembly.

The speaker said he took the decision in the interest of peace in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalls that Kente was elected speaker in November 2013, following the death of his predecessor, late Mr Haruna Tsokwa.

He thanked the people of the state and members of the seventh assembly for their cooperation during his one year tenure as speaker.

The deputy speaker of the house and member representing Gasol I Tanko Maikerfi presided over the House during the election of the new speaker.

The member representing Zing state constituency Kizito Bonzena moved a motion for the election of Useni to fill the vacuum created the by the resignation of Kente and was supported by the member representing Bali II constituency, Hon. Hama Adama.

Other members of the House present at plenary supported the motion for Useni to emerge as the new speaker.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that Kente tendered his resignation following the sacking of the former Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar by the Supreme Court, last Friday and his replacement with Sani Abubakar Danladi.

Sources said that there were earlier plans to impeach Kente by majority of the members of the House prompting his sudden resignation.

Kente was said to be among the arrow heads that removed the new acting Governor, as the deputy governor of the state.


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