Speaker, Plateau Assembly, declares predecessor’s seat vacant

Speaker, Plateau Assembly, declares predecessor’s seat vacant

The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Yakubu Sanda, on Tuesday declared vacant the seat of his predecessor, Assemblyman Abok Ayuba, for defecting from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


Ayuba, who represents Jos East State Constituency, is the immediate-past speaker who was impeached in October last year.


The former speaker officially defected from APC to PDP on March 18, 2022.


Sanda, after reading a letter written to him by Mr Rufus Bature, the APC Chairman in Plateau. seeking the declaration of the seat vacant, immediately pronounced the declaration.


In the letter, Bature informed the Speaker that the party had received a letter from the former speaker, seeking to withdraw his membership of the APC.


The state APC chairman said that the withdrawal from the party contravened Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).


“The party, which sponsored his election, wishes to request that as the Speaker of the Plateau State House Assembly, you should invoke the power conferred on you by Section 109 (ii).


“Invite the power to accordingly declare vacant the seat of Ayuba since the constitutional conditions that warrant his defection do not exist.


“There is no division whatsoever in the All Progressives Congress in Plateau to enable him take benefit of the provision of Section 109(i)(g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).


“The consequence of his defection without any justification is that he must vacate his seat, as stipulated under Section 109(i)(g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)” the letter reads.


Besides, the speaker declared the seat of member representing Rukuba-Irigwe in the state Assembly, Rep. Musa Agah, vacant following his election to the National Assembly.


Agah was in the Feb. 26 by-election elected to represent Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.


Meanwhile, a PDP lawmaker, Assemblyman Timothy Dantong, has rejected the declaration of the former speaker’s seat vacant, saying it was illegal.


Dantong, who represents Riyom State Constituency in the House of Assembly, said that the declaration was done without fair hearing.

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