Majority leader of the Niger state House of Assembly and his deputy has been removed. The duo, Hon. Musa Suleiman (Magama) and Hon. Andrew Danjuma Jagaba (Munya) were removed by members in a voice vote during plenary.

They were replaced by Hon Mohammed Abba Bala (Borgu) as majority leader, while Hon Binta Mamman (Gurara), is now the deputy majority leader.

The change of guard was effected when member representing Lavun constituency, Hon. Jibrin Ndagi Baba moved a motion of urgent public importance, asking the house to remove the duo because they have lost confidence in their leadership.

He said both the leader and his deputy were not serving the interest of the state assembly and have constituted themselves as impediment to the smooth working of the assembly.

He then called on his colleagues to remove the leaders immediately and replace them with others.

Seconding the motion, Hon Salihu Moh’d Tama (Edati), said he was in support of their removal. However the speaker, Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse raised a point of order, regarding a house rule which require members to give notice of their motion before presenting it to the house.

However, the members bent on removing the leaders, quickly set aside the rule, clearing the coast for their removal.

The former deputy majority leader, Hon Andrew Danjuma Jagaba said he was not worried by the development, pointing out that he has always held the belief that power was transient.

He thanked the speaker and his colleagues for opportunity to serve even though it was a short one.