- The Gombe House of Assembly says it has suspended four of its members
- The four members reportedly aided their colleague to escape with the mace of the House
- Fabulous Amos, the chairman House committee on information, confirms the action
Members of the Gombe state House of Assembly have suspended four All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers for allegedly conspiring to forcibly remove the mace in a bid to prevent the impeachment of minority leader Ahmed Haruna.
It was gathered that some of the House on Thursday, May 24, forcibly removed the mace in an attempt to stop the impeachment of the minority leader.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC members were annoyed following the role of Haruna in the APC ward and council’s congress in the state.
Fabulous Amos, the chairman House committee on information and majority leader, briefed newsmen in Gombe announcing the decision of the house suspending the members.
According to him, the incident at the floor of the House is undemocratic and unfortunate.
“What happened today is not good in terms of any democratic setting. We are peace loving members here but unfortunately, an incident occurred this noon.
“Some APC members had it in mind to impeach the minority leader. Within this saga, the eight APC members were divided into two groups.
“In the course of the saga, Abdullai Abubakar of Akko West took the mace with assistance from three other members on his side.
“Four members were for the impeachment while four were against.
“However, in a bid to prevent any impeachment plan, the four members against the impeachment conspired to forcibly remove the mace.
“The house met using a spare mace and suspended the four members belonging to APC, who stole the mace, for four legislative days,” he said.
He further explained that the mace was allegedly taken by Abdullahi Abubakar of Akko West constituency at exactly 1.15 pm and was assisted by Mohammed Bello of Gombe South constituency all APC.
The report said he listed the names of the suspended members as: Abdullahi Abubakar, Mohammed Bello, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Walid Mohammed; adding that they were all against the impeachment of the minority leader.
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NAN said it made efforts to speak with the minority leader, Ahmed Haruna, but that this proved abortive as he refused to pick calls or respond to text messages sent to him
NAIJ.com earlier reported that it was serious drama at the Gombe state House of Assembly on Thursday, May 24, as a lawmaker reportedly got hold of the mace and seized it during a session. He fled the chamber with what has become known as the symbol of authority.
It was learnt that the incident occurred during an attempt by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House to impeach the minority leader, Mohammed Haruna, who is a member of the party.
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