Niger APC Sacks Majority Leader
The Niger State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has removed the State House of Assembly majority leader Hon. Ibrahim Dandodo .
Dandodo,who represents Rijau constituency is to be replaced with the member representing Kontagora 1, Hon. Nura Garba.
Garba is from the same local government with Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The party, which in a letter to the assembly requested for the sacking of the majority leader, did not state the reasons for its action.
The party leadership, according to sources, had earlier held a meeting with the party lawmakers in the Assembly and passed a vote of no confidence on the sacked lawmaker.
However, some lawmakers have resisted this move, saying only lawmakers have the powers to elect their leaders.
This development has caused a cold war between the party leadership and lawmakers, as the party has threatened to deny them tickets in 2019 if they refuse to act upon the letter.
Reports further revealed that the party had also threatened the seat of the Speaker and deputy if they refused to honour the decision of the party to that effect and resisted on the decision of the party in the state.
According to the constitution and the State House of Assembly, standing order page 6, the Speaker and Deputy election is the responsibility of the house members and not the party, while the rules of the house gives the power to the same members to select their leaders considering the party positions of the house.
A lawmaker, who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed the receipt of the letter.
He said the APC lawmakers were neither consulted nor involved in the decision.