Adamawa Assembly stops motion to probe ex-gov

THERE was a lousy session yesterday at the chambers of Adamawa State House of Assembly as majority of the lawmakers moved against the motion by the member representing Mubi-South, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, to probe the financial transactions under former Governor James Ngillari administration.

After the controversial motion that was moved in a well-rehearsed manner was tabled before the House, Deputy Speaker, Mr. Sunday Peter, moved a counter-motion that the sponsor of the motion was not only selective on issues he outlined, but that his motion was speculative and has no documented evidence to enable the House act on it.

He said: “There are no facts in the motion moved by my colleague from Mubi-South. For example, he said that the present government met only N900 million in the state treasury. As this is our first sitting, where did he get such information? As lawmakers, we should be acting only on facts so that we cannot harm the image of this House and also avoid offending innocent people.”

The member representing Madagali, Mr. Emmanuel Tsandu, who seconded the counter-motion of the Deputy Speaker, stated that the motion was not only baseless, but that it has no substance to convince the House to take constitutional action, adding: “Why is the motion to probe the financial situation of the state is suggesting only the month of May 2015? If the mover of the motion is sincere, he suppose to urge the House to write the accountant-general of the state to furnish us with the details of the financial situation in the state before any other action.”

The entire lawmakers voted that the motion should be thrown out, a situation in which the mover of the motion started shouting and hitting table in the chamber.

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