Plateau High Court in Jos has ruled in favor of Abok Ayuba, reinstating him as the Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly. Ayuba was impeached by members of the State Assembly on October 28, 2021. He challenged his impeachment, claiming it was illegal and violated the rules of the assembly. Justice Nefisa Musa, the presiding judge, granted the plaintiff’s prayers and declared the impeachment illegal.
The reinstated speaker thanked the Plateau people for standing by him during his trials, and he stated that he and his colleagues gave God the glory for the victory of democracy in Nigeria once again. Ayuba said that he and his colleagues were elected to represent their various constituencies, and they still had several months left to continue their assignment.
Ayuba stated that his camp would not fight anybody, adding that all members of the assembly were Plateau people and also Nigerians and that they would all work together for the betterment of Plateau and Nigeria. He also stated that he was ready to work with the executive and that it was the only thing that would bring peace to the state.
The Plateau State Assembly was in a state of crisis for a long time following the impeachment of Ayuba. The dispute led to the Assembly’s closure for months, which affected the State’s development plans. The State Assembly is the highest law-making body in the State, and its members’ roles are crucial to the growth and development of Plateau State.
The decision of the court to reinstate Ayuba as the Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly would restore confidence in the judiciary and give the people of Plateau State hope that their democratic rights and freedoms would be upheld. This judgment is a triumph for the rule of law, democracy, and justice.
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, congratulated Ayuba and other members of the Assembly on the court’s decision. He said that the court’s decision would put an end to the protracted crisis in the State Assembly and pave the way for the smooth running of government affairs.
The Governor also commended the Judiciary for its independence and impartiality in handling the case, stating that the judgment had demonstrated the Judiciary’s commitment to upholding the rule of law.
The Plateau State House of Assembly is an essential institution that must be respected and protected at all times. It is the voice of the people of Plateau State, and its members must always act in their best interest. The Assembly’s reinstatement of Abok Ayuba as Speaker would allow the House to continue its work and ensure that the State’s development plans are realized.
In conclusion, the Plateau High Court’s decision to reinstate Abok Ayuba as the Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly is a significant victory for democracy in Nigeria. The rule of law and democracy must always prevail over the interests of a few individuals or groups. The Plateau State Government must do everything possible to ensure that the State Assembly continues to function effectively, and its members must work together to bring development to Plateau State.