By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
The suspension of two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from the Kaduna State House of Assembly has been described as a disgrace to democracy, while the affected members have been advised to go to court.
The chairman of the PDP in Kaduna State, Mr Felix Hassan Hyet expressed this when over 100 stakeholders from the suspended members’ constituencies, Zangon Kataf and Kaura local government areas staged a peaceful solidarity protest to his office saying that the Assembly has remained mute on issues that matter but suspended their members for baseless reasons.
According to him, the Assembly that used one and half hour to pass a supplementary budget did not comment on the last fire incident that engulfed the Old Panteka Market when the fire service claimed that it did not have water when called.
“If the majority members in the Assembly are afraid of only four members of the opposition, that means that they don’t know what they are doing or why they are elected in the House,” Hyet noted.
He stressed that the PDP caucus in the Assembly saw the need to change their leadership, sat down in a meeting, changed the leaders and communicated to the state party which in turn in a letter dated 21st, November 2017, wrote to the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Shagali but instead of announcing the changes on the floor of House, suspended new key officers.
He alleged that the motion that was moved on the floor of the House on the suspension, was drafted by one of the leaders among the out going leadership.
“We have already communicated the change of the party leadership of the Kaduna Assembly to the national headquarters of the party and the party will censor any member that is involved,” the chairman added.
To the protesters, the Chairman said they were fighting for their rights and assured them of the state party commitment to ensure that justice prevailed.
He called on the Speaker not to look his office but his person and do the right thing by canceling the suspension as well as announcing the change of leadership.
Earlier, the two team leaders from Kaura and Zangon Kataf constituencies, Dr. Sale Pashi and Joseph Auta respectively condemned the suspension of their members by the Assembly and described it as illegality saying that the ruling party does not have right to interfere with their party matters.
While thanking the party leardership for approving the appointment of the members as minority leader and minority whip which lead to their suspension from the assembly, he said the action of the lawmakers showed that both of them are forces to reckon with.
They however, appealed to the party leadership to do every thing within their powers to ensure their appointment is sustained and the suspension cancelled.