- A major crisis is brewing in the Nasarawa state House of Assembly
- A lawmaker has dragged the speaker of the House to court for alleged contempt
- The speaker had reportedly declared the lawmaker's seat vacant after he defected to another political party
The lawmaker representing Wamba constituency in the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Makpa Malla, has approached a court to jail the speaker of the Assembly for alleged contempt of court.
Malla claimed that the speaker disobeyed a court order by declaring his seat in the House vacant on Wednesday, August 29, because he defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
According to him, the Assembly declared his seat vacant despite a subsisting court order restraining it from doing so.
His lawyer, Benjamin Davou, told The Punch on Thursday, September 6, in Lafia, the state capital, that a vacation judge, Justice Simon Aboki, made the restraining order on Tuesday, August 28.
He said the restraining order was given pending the hearing of an originating summons brought before the court for the assembly to maintain the status quo.
Davou explained that despite the valid order, the Assembly went ahead to declare the seat of his client vacant.
When contacted, counsel for the Assembly speaker, Rikki Danlami, declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, a former minister of information, Professor Sam Oyovbaire, has revealed that former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, was sorry for the defection of his elder cousin and ex-governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC and had asked people to pray for him.
Oyovbaire said he discussed Uduaghan’s shocking exit with Chief Ibori and what he said was that those who know Uduaghan should pray for him.
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