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Taraba's Deputy Speaker under fire

16 August 2012, 11:35

Taraba -  Some members of Mbamnga Constituency, Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba, have commenced the process to recall Mr Abel Diah, the Deputy Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly.

The members, had in a petition made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jalingo, asked INEC to set a machinery in motion to recall him as their representative in the state legislature.

The petition, dated Aug. 6, 2012,  and signed by one Comrade Salish Kombi, stated that the petitioners were rooting for the recall process, following a vote of no-confidence passed on the legislator by his constituents.

The petition titled ``a letter to recall one Hon Abel Diah (PDP), a member representing Mbamnga Constituency in Sardauna Local Government Area, Taraba State, for Loss of Confidence” the letter read.

The petitioners accused him of causing disaffection among the followers of the two major religions.

According to the petitioners, the member is encouraging religious differences in the constituency by favouring individuals from his religion and neglecting others who do not belong to his religion.

 This they noted was a violation of the PDP constitution.

Diah was also accused of not making any effort to reduce unemployment among the youths in his constituency in his nine years as member representing the area.

He was blamed for the backwardness of Mbamnga, Warwar, and Kabri wards that comprised his area of representation.

``He has failed to strategise ways to develop his constituency even though funds were appropriated for such purpose'' the petitioners stated.

The petitioners averred that they were compelled to embark on their action because ``the overbearing attitude of the member is threatening the unity of the people of his constituency'.

``To the extent that he often compelled village heads to remove ward heads and replace them with his kinsmen.”

Commenting on the allegations levelled against him, the deputy speaker denied knowledge of any attempt of his constituency to recall him.

``I cannot comment on this matter because I was not served with any letter of recall; if I stand election in my constituency 100 times, I will win even if I am not in the Country.''

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the council, David Jeduwa said that  he was aware of the recall process initiated by some people from  Mbamnga constituency.

Jeduwa added that political stakeholders in the council were on top of the situation.

The chairman explained that the council was very concerned about  the issue and was doing everything possible to ensure that it was not allowed to become a security threat to the area.



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