Nasarawa LG leg­is­la­ture op­er­ates with two dif­fer­ent maces

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hir Joseph, Lafia

Newly elected lo­cal govern­ment leg­is­la­ture in Nasarawa lo­cal govern­ment of Nasarawa State, is op­er­at­ing with two dif­fer­ent maces af­ter a group of coun­cilors made away with the orig­i­nal mace.

Daily Trust learnt that a fac­tion of the 15 coun­cilors, led by Ibrahim Otos (APC, Onda-Kana) grabbed the mace and walked out of an elec­tion which was held last Fri­day soon af­ter a speaker emerged in the per­son of Umar Us­man (APC, Nasarawa Main Town Ward) fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment over the cred­i­bil­ity of the ex­er­cise.

Us­man was al­leged to have ac­cused a mem­ber of not voting for him dur­ing the se­cret bal­lot­ing, spark­ing sus­pi­cion of rig­ging, in what threw mem­bers against them­selves at the lo­cal govern­ment sec­re­tariat.

By Mon­day, Daily Trust learnt fur­ther, the clerk of the House, Umar Abubakar con­vened a meet­ing of the coun­cilors and in­formed them of a de­ci­sion to can­cel the elec­tion be­cause it was found not to be cred­i­ble af­ter the win­ner al­legedly ac­cused a mem­ber of not voting for him.

The House, Daily Trust gath­ered fur­ther, could not sit yes­ter­day be­cause most coun­cilors in­sisted the in­au­gu­ra­tion was il­le­gal be­cause of the can­cel­la­tion of the elec­tion, just as they in­sisted that only a mag­is­trate, and not a lawyer is to in­au­gu­rate the House.

Con­tacted, Us­man

said

he

was in­au­gu­rated along­side other of­fi­cers, but in­sisted he does not know the sta­tus of the man who in­au­gu­rated him be­cause, ac­cord­ing to him “the clark in­vited the man, he said he was invit­ing a mag­is­trate, so I came in and I was sworn in.”

Con­tacted, the lawyer said in a terse tele­phone state­ment that: “they were sworn in be­fore me as the com­mis­sioner of oath.” He de­clined to make fur­ther com­ments, say­ing it was not con­ve­nient on him at press time to speak fur­ther.

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