Protests rock Adamawa assembly over moves to declare APC lawmaker’s seat vacant

There was palpable tension in Adamawa State House of assembly Tuesday morning as youths staged protests to challenge what they call behind-the-scene surreptitious moves to declare the seat of member representing Michika state constituency, Joseph Ayuba also known as Depolis vacant.

The organizing secretary of APC, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu has on Monday disclosed that the house of assembly prodded by governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is working to suspend the member for leaving the ruling party (PDP) to APC over the weekend.

Ribadu who accused the governor of being a bad loser said APC will not fold its arm to watch its member to face humiliation for exercising his constitutional rights.

He alleged that as a result of the governor’s resolve to get Depolis axed, Fintiri has ordered the leadership of the assembly to momentarily suspend its recess in order to carry out the satanic action.

Meanwhile, the entrance of the house of assembly was today manned by stern looking policemen who were said to be deployed to arrest breakdown of law and order as the move to declare the lawmaker’s seat vacant generated huge tension as youths besieged the house will placards and chanting war songs.

The defection of Ayuba to APC has changed the precarious equilibrium of the assembly as APC now brags of 12 legislators while PDP had 13 membership against the previous arrangement in which APC has 11 members while PDP has 14 members.

But during today’s plenary presided by the speaker, Aminu Iya Abbas, the issue of Ayuba’s defection was not tabled for discussion. However, the speaker adjourned the house sitting to tomorrow Wednesday 27 April 2022.


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