Friday, 18 March 2016

araba assembly speaker resigns, Diah re-elected.

The Taraba state House of Assembly has re-elected the former speaker, Peter Abel Diah as its new speaker. He was elected following the resignation of Hon. Mark Bako Useni, the former speaker, Vanguard reports. 

Useni tendered his resignation letter during the plenary session of the assembly on Thursday, March 17, giving personal reasons for his action. His deputy, Muhamed Gwampo took over plenary immediately after his resignation. After which, the clerk of the house, Smaila Ukwen was called to read the house standing rules. Ukwen sited Order (2) Rule (9) of the house standing order, which empowered the house to elect a new speaker whenever there is a vacuum.
When Gwampo called for election of a new speaker, Useni, who just resigned nominated a former speaker of the house, Diah, to be elected as new speaker. This decision was seconded by the member representing Zing constituency, Bonzina Kizito. Briefing journalists on the development, the house committee chairman on information, Saleh Sa’ad, said they decided to urgently appoint a new speaker in order not to allow activities of the house to drag. Speaking with The Guardian, the new speaker, Diah, said: “The former Speaker is a man of integrity, he has brought many changes to the House, and since he has decided to resign, the Assembly under my leadership, would still hold him in high esteem.” 
Recall that the election petition tribunal sitting in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital had in October 2015 nullified the election of Diah and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to set aside the Certificate of Return it issued the speaker as winner of the poll.

Following Diah’s removal, 22 out the 24 members of the Taraba assembly unanimously supported the nomination of Useni as speaker.

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