Twenty-two members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Friday, passed a vote of no confidence on the Speaker and principal officers of the House.
The distraught members led by the Deputy Majority Leader, Baballe Abubakar Dambam representing Dambam/Dagauda/Jalam Constituency declared that the leadership of the House has failed in its responsibility to the members.
The Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman, is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
He had recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, the party on which he was elected as a lawmaker to the Peoples Democratic Party reducing the number of the APC legislator to 16 while the PDP has 15.
However, seven members of the PDP and 15 from the APC teamed up to pass a vote of no confidence on him and other principal officers.
They, therefore, called on the leadership to voluntarily resign from their various offices or be impeached any moment from now.
The leader of the 22 members, who addressed journalists at the end of a meeting at the Assembly complex, said, “After our meeting held today, Friday, 1st July 2022, 22 members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the House from today.
“We consider that as it is today, there is no leadership in the State House of Assembly, I am among the leaders but we feel that it is the right time and we must do it. We have therefore passed a vote of no confidence on all the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly”.
“We are calling on the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly to honourably tender their resignation letters to the Clerk of the Assembly. That will allow the Honorable House the opportunity to elect its leaders to forge ahead.”
The aggrieved lawmakers also called on the State Governor, Bala Mohammed, to be neutral in the affairs of the House and assured him that their action was not, in any way, trying to sabotage his administration.