Benue Speaker Convenes Sitting Of BSHA With 12 Members

The embattled Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, today convened an impromptu plenary with only twelve members sitting at the State Assembly Complex in Makurdi.

The Benue Assembly has thirty honourable members but the majority of them were not at today’s plenary being already on their way to Abuja to honour invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) scheduled for tomorrow, and not having been informed of any sitting for today.

Speaker Ikyange himself is billed for appearance at the anti-graft body tomorrow but he opted to stay behind and capitalized on the absence of his colleagues, most of whom he fears he has lost their confidence, and convened the sudden sitting.

Of the twelve members in attendance at today’s plenary only one member, Ianna Jato of Katsina-Ala-East State Constituency, is of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with the other eleven members all of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is the same platform as Speaker Ikyange.

The House is said to have conducted business for the day, having entertained bills and received committee reports, but inside sources reveal the manner of the meeting which was impromptu and shrouded in secrecy belies the weakness of Ikyange’s leadership of the House.

Many members are believed to have decided to reject the Speaker’s continued leadership over them over what they deem to be his loss of moral claim to leadership with the series of allegations of corruption against him at the EFCC.

Such members, it is understood, have vowed to make their stand against Ikyange’s continued leadership and this may well be the reason the Speaker opted for such an ambush-style meeting today.

It could be recalled¬† that the EFCC is currently investigating Speaker Ikyange, his Deputy, James Okefe, the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi and other members of the House over allegations of N750 million car purchase fraud contained in a petition reportedly written by a son to the state’s Deputy-Governor, Benson Abounu.

Reports also recently had it that the anti-graft agency in the course of its investigations traced another N500 million to a secret bank account belonging to the embattled Speaker, while back home, another fraud amounting to over N134 million for the purchase of biometric capture machines was uncovered to have been perpetrated by him.

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