- As Plot To Remove Ikyange Thickens
All is not yet well with the leadership of the Benue State House of Assembly, as last is yet to have been heard of the tussle to unseat the Speaker, Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange.
This is even as some members have vowed to oust the Speaker who they believe is unfit to continue leading the House due to a court ruling delimiting his constituency into two.
This crisis reared its head only last week when the Minority Leader, Hon. Kester Kyenge raised a motion seeking clarification on the legality of the Speaker to preside over the house despite the court ruling.
The session which was just before the Governor Samuel Ortom’s budget presentation to the Assembly became very rowdy and was heading for the worst before Majority Leader and member representing Makurdi-South constituency, Barr. Benjamin Adanyi doused the tension in the favour of the Speaker.
Responding, the embattled Speaker insisted that the court ruling in no way affected him as been insinuated and that he is still a honourable member representing Ushongo State Constituency and by extension the Speaker of the House. He therefore ruled that debates concerning his position as Speaker will no longer be entertained on the floor of the house.
Meanwhile sources reveal that clandestine meetings have already began holding in the house of a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart aimed at strategies to unsettle the house and ensure the speaker is removed so as to make way for the emergence of a PDP speaker, especially with the court victory of former Majority Leader Hon. Paul Biam, which has swelled the opposition numbers.
Recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi ordered the enforcement of its judgment delimiting the Speaker’s constituency, Ushongo Constituency, into two by INEC to become the Ushongo and Mbagwa state constituencies. Consequently, it ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return it previously issued to Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, who is the member representing the people of Ushongo at the State House of Assembly and to conduct elections within 90 days into the two constituencies.