For Immediate Release
October 28, 2021
On Thursday 28 October 2021, eight (8) members of the Plateau State House of Assembly convened an unlawful sitting of the House and initiated an impeachment of the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ayuba Nuhu Abok, one of Nigeria’s young Speakers of state legislatures. Reports indicate that the purported impeachment initiated by the Deputy Speaker Honourable Sale Yipmong was executed under questionable circumstances. First, the sitting of the House was held before the official time of sitting ofHouse which is 9:00am. Second, the Plateau State Assembly was barricaded by officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Police. Third, only the eight members who executed the impeachment were granted access to the Assembly complex.
The Movement notes that the State House of Assembly is a creation of the Constitution and must in all instances be seen to act in consonance and conformity with the constitution. The purported impeachment of Rt. Hon Abok violates the procedure prescribed by the Constitution for the impeachment of a duly elected Speaker of a House of Assembly. Section 92(2)(c) of the 1999 Constitution( As amended), provides that a Speaker can only be removed from office by a resolution or votes of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the House of Assembly. By virtue of this provision, a minimum of sixteen (16) members of the House of 24 person House would have been required to successfully impeach the Speaker in this instance, rendering the action of the eight members illegal and in direct contravention of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Not Too Young To Run Movement condemns in its entirety the conduct of the eight legislators whose actions are capable of jeopardizing our democracy and undermining youth representation in public office. This act of legislative rascality is intolerable and highly condemnable.
In line with our commitment to constitutionalism and the rule of law, the Movement demands as follows:
- That the President issues a directive to security agencies to restore order in the House and ensure Rt. Hon Ayuba Nuhu Abok is accorded full legal and security protection to preside over the legislative business of the House without intimidation and interference.
- That the National Assembly should take legislative action to uphold the Constitution and defend the legislature as a cardinal institution of democracy. The National Assembly should invite the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the State Security Services for questioning over the involvement of these institutions in the constitutional breach.
- That the State government respects the doctrine of separation enshrined in the Constitution and ensures it refrains from interfering with the business of the House or undermining its legitimate leadership.
- The eight legislators and their benefactors must be held to account for subverting a constituted authority and undermining the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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Convener, Not Too Young To Run
For: The Not Too Young To Run Movement
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