Niger assembly remove house majority leader, deputy majority leader narrowly escapes impeachment

Niger state House of Assembly has for the second time this year 2020 impeached its majority leader, citing dereliction of duty. The majority leader, Hon. Abba Bala Mohammed (Borgu) was replaced by Hon Sale Ibrahim (Kontagora II).

In mid September, the house effected leadership change sparing only the Speaker and the Chief Whip while the deputy speaker, majority leader and his deputy were all impeached.

In a motion of urgent public importance moved by member representing Bida 1, Hon. Bako Kassim Alfa, the members in a unanimous voice vote, affirmed the removal of the majority leader, Hon. Abba Bala Ibrahim (Borgu).

Shortly after his removal, the majority leader entered the chamber oblivious of his removal and headed straight to his seat but met another member seated. He was then told by one of his colleagues that he has been removed. He was immediately assigned a back aseat previously occupied by the present majority leader.

Hon. Kassim Alfa said the fact that the majority leader was absent in the House when an important matter as passing of the budget was to be tabled before the house means negligence in his duties as leader of the house.

However the deputy majority leader narrowly escaped being impeached by the members. A mild drama ensued when a motion moved by Hon. Suleiman Gambo Rabiu for the impeachement of the deputy majority leader was passed by an overwhelming voice vote by the members.

But a quick intervention by Hon. Bello Ahmed Agwara (Agwara constituency) saved her coveted seat. The member argued that the health condition of the deputy majority leader would not allow her to come to the house.

He said it would be disingenuous for the house to remove her when she’s battling with covid-19. He said it wasn’t her fault that she was not in the house and pleaded with the members to save her seat.

The members unanimously reversed her suspension through a motion by member representing Kontagora 1, Hon. Bako Falalu.

In an interview with journalists, the house spokesman and chairman committee on information, Hon. Idris Musa Vatsa said the majority leader failed to organize the house plenary.

He said they had agreed during their executive meeting to meet today but the majority leader was no where to be found. This he said angered the members who felt betrayed by the leader.

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