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DEFECTION: Kaduna Assembly declares seat of deputy speaker vacant, replaces him



Kaduna State House of Assembly members on Wednesday declared seat of Deputy Speaker John Audu-Kwaturu vacant and elected a new deputy speaker to replace him.

The development was apparently in response to the former deputy speaker’s defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Audu, who represents Kachia Constituency at the Assembly, had last Friday left APC to PDP and had tendered his resignation letter as deputy speaker on Tuesday at the speaker’s office.

However, during the House plenary on Wednesday, the Speaker of the House, Aminu Shagali, announced that the deputy speaker’s office had been declared vacant. He claimed that the decision was based on the provision of the constitution.

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According to him, the reasons Audu and another defecting lawmaker, Junaidu Yakubu (Kudan constituency), gave for dumping the APC were not tenable because there was no crisis or rancour in APC at both the state and the national levels.

Subsequently, the House elected the former committee chairman on information and member representing Kagarko constituency, Nuhu Shadalafiya, as the new deputy speaker.

Ahmed Mohammed representing Zaria/ Kewaye moved the motion nominating Shadalafiya for the position. The motion was accepted by the lawmakers.


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