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APC, PDP lawmakers exchange blows in Nasarawa

05 April 2016, 06:49

Abuja - Members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly came to blows on Monday following a dispute over the appointment of administrators for 11 local government councils.

According to a Punch report, glasses were shattered and chairs upturned during the altercation.

The appointments, made by Governor Tanko Al-Makura, were described as illegal by one faction while another supported the action, leading to a free-for-all on the floor of the legislature.

Describing the appointments as illegal, a member of the House Committee on Information, Makpa Malla, siad the Assembly could not continue to watch unlawful activities be perpetrated by the Governor of state.

“As you can see, this is the executive room of the state House of Assembly, where we sit down every morning to discuss matters which would bring development to the state and the country at large.

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“Categorically, I want to state here that the division which caused this chaos was as result of the appointment of the sole administrators by the governor. As a responsible legislature with some of us as lawyers, we insisted that the right thing must be done.

“The Section 7 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – as amended – guarantees a democratic system of governance at the local government level. The provision of the constitution is explicit on how the local government structure should be run.

“That is why we are kicking against the appointment of the sole administrators. Sole administrators only existed during the military era and as respecters of the rule of law, we must ensure that the executive must also respect the rule of law,” he said.

Malla, however, urged calm to prevail as the law would take its course in the matter.

According to Deputy Speaker Godiya Akwashiki, the action was taken due to the security situation in the state, adding that it was for the reason that the Governor's decision should not be faulted.

“We cannot afford to leave the councils without heads. The tenure of the former local government chairmen expired on March 24, 2016,” he said.

Read more at Punch

- News24


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