By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos – The Plateau State House of Assembly has impeached its Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi by voice votes.
Gagdi who represents Kantana Constituency of Kanam local government area was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP but he recently decamped to the All Progressives Party, APC to allegedly avoid impeachment by the APC-controlled Assembly members, an allegation he denied saying he decamped because members of his constituency wanted him to do so.
The House Members accused Gagdi of being autocratic and non-inclusive in his style of leadership saying they have lost confidence in him and shortly after his impeachment, Hon. Sale Yipmong representing Dengi constituency of Kanam local government area was announced as his successor.
Recently, Gagdi has been fighting his political battles from all fronts as some members of his constituency had accused him of “talking too much about things he has little knowledge about” as the former Deputy Speaker was said to have claimed that Boko Haram members were sighted in his constituency after a Divisional Police State in the area was attacked and seven rifles carted away.
18 out of the 24 Members of the House were said to have signed a drafted document where the Members passed a vote of no confidence on Gagdi as read by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Henry Yunkwap and the impeached Deputy Speaker said he saw it coming, noting, “If say I did not see it coming, it means I am not a politician. From the day I was elected, I knew that I would be hunted anytime any moment, after all when I entered the House of Assembly, I didn’t envisage that I am going to be the Deputy Speaker, in that circumstance I have it at the back of my mind that I can be removed at any time.”
Hon. Yunkwap later told journalists, “It is constitutional if members said, they are passing vote of no confidence and they have approached me with a document that they have passed vote of no confidence, and it encompasses a lot of issues. There are so many things, we just don’t want to open up.”
Gagdi however stated that he holds no grudge against any one, the action being the decision of the House and “the good about it is that there was no good reason attached to the removal and I believe in destiny.”