THE crisis in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly deepened yesterday after six of the legislators were put on indefinite suspension for their alleged role in the free for all on the floor of the House on Monday.
Remarkably, yesterday’s session was despite Monday’s resolution that put off proceedings of the House indefinitely. The six legislators that were suspended were Abubakar Kana, APC- Kokona West; Kassim Kassim, APC-Akwanga South; Mohammed Okpoku, APC- Udega/Loko; Makpa Malla, APC-Wamba; Musa Ali, APC-Keffi East; and Murtala Sodangi, APC-Nasarawa Central.
All six belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC the ruling party in the state were allegedly in the forefront of the campaign to stop the governor’s unilateral appointment of sole administrators for the 11 local councils in the state. Their opposition first formally expressed during a closed door session of the House flowed into plenary on Monday when the six physically opposed moves to suspend them on account of their opposition to the governor’s action. Their opposition resulted in the free for all that culminated in the indefinite suspension of House proceedings on Monday.
However, yesterday following the invitation to the six legislators by the Department of State Services, DSS, over the Monday fracas, the remaining legislators met and took the decision to indefinitely suspend the six legislators. They were suspended at the session presided over by the deputy speaker, Godiya Akwashiki for “misconduct and for bringing the House to disrepute” following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Tanko Tunga, who accused them of bringing dishonour to the House on account of the fracas. He was supported by the Minority Leader, Muhammed Alkali and 14 others present.