In what seems to be a season of intrigues at the State House of Assemblies, the members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday generated a fracas in the hallowed chambers, as members engaged in fist-cuffs in an attempt to remove the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Salihu Maidaji.
This follows closely on the heels of a similar event at the Edo State House of Assembly, where members also resorted to violence in order to forcefully impeach and appoint a new speaker.
In a strange coincidence both events took place barely 24 hours from each other and was as a result of trying to effect changes in the leadership of the respective houses.
However, while the Edo State House of Assembly now currently has a new speaker, the Sokoto State House of Assembly was not able to successfully impeach Speaker Salihu.
In a swift counter move, the Deputy House Leader who had tried to initiate the impeachment proceedings against the speaker has himself now being impeached.
According to Alhaji Salihu the house had passed a vote of no confidence on the Deputy House Leader, hence his impeachment.
He made this known during the plenary session of the house on Tuesday.
The Speaker said “I have received a letter of vote of no confidence in the Deputy House Leader duly signed by 21 members of the Assembly in accordance with Order Six, Section 11, subsection (3) of the Standing Orders of Sokoto State House of Assembly 2014 as amended.
“The signatures of the 21 members that passed the votes of no confidence in Kabiru Ibrahim, member representing Kware as Deputy House Leader are hereby accepted.
“Consequently, we replace him with Alhaji Ibrahim Sarki as the new Deputy House Leader (APC- Sokoto North II),” he said.