Plateau Assembly Speaker faces impeachment

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By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos.
The Impeachment move against the Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, Peter Azi has continued to gain momentum as members are threatening to remove him from office.
Sources at the House said the lawmakers are currently gearing up to carry out an impeachment process against the Speaker whom they said members are not happy with his leadership style.
According to the source, members have not received their salaries and allowances for over five months now with no explanation on the delay.
A Member who pleaded anonymity, said that rather than pressurize the Governor to do something over their allowances, he has refused to do anything about their plights.
“We cannot go to our constituencies due to harassment we will receive from our constituents who will always want us to help them, but we cannot because of lack of payment of our allowances and salaries,” the member hinted.
“As it is, we are broke now, things are not working okay for us” he added.
Investigations revealed further that the Members are now gathering signatures and that they are serious about the move.
Other Members who spoke to our correspondent also on the condition of anonymity, lamented that they will soon commence the process of impeaching the Speaker and other Principal officers of the House.
According to them, they are yet to receive their salaries and other entitlements which has brought more difficulties on them and as they hinted that most of them cannot visit their constituencies for the fear of attack.
They accused the Speaker, Rt Hon. Peter Azi for not being sensitive about their plights and kept embarking on foreign trips and also to Abuja for the conference of Speakers meeting without putting pressure on the executive to settle their allowances and salaries.
The Members also stated that even their overhead which is supposed to help them run their offices was not being paid for several months.
It could be recalled that last month, the staff of the Assembly under blocked all entrances to the Assembly complex disrupting the day’s sitting.
The staff had sacked the Speaker Peter Azi with the 24 other Members who abandoned their offices, as the demonstrating staff embarked on sit down protest.
Effort to get the Speaker to speak was all abortive as all his phones were switched off uptill the time of filling this report.

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