Taraba State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon. Abel Diah has resigned to avoid the prospects of impeachment that stares him in the face.
According to Tribune Online, The speaker resigned after the intervention by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and other top national leaders failed.
A source privy to the development told FOMBINATIMES reporter that the speaker has informed him of his plans to resign to avoid unnecessary humiliation from the governor who was allegedly hell-bent in ousting him from his plum office.
The source told our reporter that the decision of the speaker to resign may not be unconnected with the intervention of the state’s Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman who counselled him to throw in the towel to avoid humiliation.
The media space was agog last week of speculation that governor Darius Ishaku has earmarked the princely sum of N200 million to prosecute the removal of the speaker.
It was speculated that 9 out of the 24 members of the assembly have appended their signatures to effect the removal of the speaker.
Impeccable sources told our correspondent that those who signed the impeachment notice were caged in Wukari.
According to the source they include: “Joseph Albasu Kunini Lau constituency; Danladi Mohammed Gwampo, Yorro Constituency; Dr Jedua D Ahmad, Gembu Constituency; Dominic Bukuni, Ardo Kola Constituency; and Capt Douglas Ndatse Yahaya Donga constituency.
“Others are John Kizito Bonzena, Zing Constituency; Mohammed Abdulkarim, Ibbi constituency; Mohammed Gayam, Gashaka constituency; and Hammanadama Abdullah from Bali 2 constituency.”
According to source five APC lawmakers have resolved to join the group of nine to garner the required majority after they were allegedly promised N10 million naira each.
The source added that ;”the five APC members had asked the ruling PDP and sponsors of the impeachment to garner 3 other members plus the first nine so if you add the 5 from the minority side, quorum will be formed and two-third (2/3) majority will impeach the embattled speaker, ” the source added.
It was alleged that the plan to impeach the speaker was spearheaded by PDP chairman Victor Bala Kona and Senator Joel Ikenya.
Several Government House sources said the state governor Darius Isiyaku has mobilized over N200m from the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to ‘forcefully impeach the speaker.’
A reliable source said the Majority Leader in the House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Albasu Alkinjo has been tipped to replace the speaker.