Peter Azi emerges Plateau speaker

The Assembly, Tuesday, shelved its plenary and inaugural sitting after an election stalemate between former speaker, Istifanus Mwansat (PDP), and Hon Peter Azi (APC), who scored 12 votes each in a 24-member House.
However,   at the commencement of the proceedings yesterday, Mwansat willingly withdrew his candidacy, making Azi to be elected as speaker unopposed.
The reschedule election which was done at the committee room of the Assembly also saw a keen contest for the office of the deputy speaker between member representing Kanam-Kantana, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi (PDP) and member representing Langtang North central, Hon. Amos Vongtim Kumtul (PDP).
Gagdi emerged victorious, polling 13 votes against Kumtul’s 11 votes.
Honourable Azi was thereafter sworn in by the clerk of the House, Honourable Ayuba Gongu, as the duly elected speaker of the House.
Speaking to newsmen soon after adjournment of proceedings, Mwansat said he withdrew from the race in the interest of the state.
However, a member who pledged anonymity, told our correspondent that the two parties reached an agreement to allow APC produce the the speaker while the position of the deputy speaker went to the PDP.

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