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Plateau Assembly to conduct fresh poll for office of speaker

The 8th Assembly of the House ended abruptly and shelved its plenary and inaugural sitting on Tuesday as members failed to elect the leadership of the House.
Two lawmakers expressed interest to vie for the position of the speaker including the former speaker of the House, Hon. Istifanus Mwansat (PDP) and Hon. Peter Azi (APC).
After several hours of deliberations at the hollow chamber of the assembly complex, Mwansat from Plateau Central Senatorial district scored 12 votes while Azi from the Northern Senatorial district also scored 12 votes.
Failure to reach a compromise had compelled the clerk of the House to announce the rescheduling of the election for a later date.
The PDP has a majority of 13 members against the APC’s 11 in the Plateau State House of Assembly.
A member who pledged anonymity said the arrival of the state’s PDP Chairman Mr. Raymond Dabo created tension, prompting the state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, to call for a postponement of the election and subsequent inauguration of the 8th Assembly.
Supporters of both parties however, expressed disappointment as they were seen leaving the Assembly complex wearing sad looks on their faces.

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