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Kaduna House Sacks Speaker, Deputy
The Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Usman Gangara, and his deputy, Dogara Mato, were today impeached by 19 out 34 members of the Assembly.
A new speaker, Shehu Usman Tahir, representing Giwa West Constituency was immediately elected while Peter Adamu representing Kagarko Constituency was elected as new deputy speaker.
Tahir, who addressed journalists shortly after his election, said the impeachment was done out of the desire for change and debunked claims that it was influenced by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Moves to remove the leadership of the House started last month following allegation of poor leadership and failure to carry members of the Assembly along.
Only 26 lawmakers witnessed the event as the former speaker, his deputy and six other principal officers were absent when the impeachment proceeding presided over by Philemon Usman was carried out.
The aggrieved members had last month issued the former speaker and other principal officers of the house a 30-day ultimatum to resign on grounds of incompetency and alleged gross misconduct.
In January, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Dogara before a Federal High Court in Kaduna on a six-count charge bordering on contract over-invoicing and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N17 million.