Court reinstates impeached Plateau Assembly Speaker


On Monday, the Plateau High Court in Jos reinstated Abok Ayuba as Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly.

Members of the State Assembly impeached Ayuba on October 28, 2021.

Ayuba, on the other hand, challenged his impeachment as illegal, claiming that it violated the rules of the assembly.

The plaintiff’s prayers were granted by the Presiding Judge, Justice Nefisa Musa, who delivered the judgement.

Musa said that the procedure adopted for the removal of Ayuba was illegal.

Ayuba, who went from the court straight to Assembly Complex, said that he was vindicated from the illegal impeachment.

He thanked Plateau people for standing by him during his travails.

“I and my honourable colleagues, today we give God the glory once again for this victory for democracy in Nigeria once again.

“We are here in the premises of the House of Assembly because all of us were elected to represent our various constituencies.

“We still have some months left for us to continue the assignment that was duly given to us by our various constituencies.

“Even though there was crisis some time ago, today the court has given these terms against that illegality that was done,” he said.

The reinstated speaker said that by the grace of God, sitting would continue in the house peacefully, without any rancour.

Ayuba said that they would not fight anybody, adding that they were all members of the assembly and that all were Plateau people and also Nigerians.

According to him, they would work together for the betterment of Plateau and Nigeria.

“I’m ready to work with the executive, we have never in any way said that I would never want to continue to work with them.

“That is the only thing that will give us peace in this state.

“Anybody that was in court today knows that the court has defined everything about the purported impeachment,” he added.