THE Deputy Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon Laori Kwamoti, representing Numan constituency on the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the decision of the Taraba State House of Assembly to invite ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai to address the House on his health condition was not only unconstitutional, but a gross abuse of the provisions of the constitution.
The deputy speaker, who spoke to The Guardian yesterday in Yola, citing Section 190 of the 1999 constitution as amended, said that the letter of Suntai was only to notify the House that he has returned and assumed office and that it was not for the House to debate on the letter.
“I don’t know whether the members of Taraba State House of Assembly take their time to study Section 190. You don’t need to be a lawyer to understand that section because it is very clear.
The section stated that: ‘Whenever the governor transmits to the speaker of the House of Assembly a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the function of his office, until he transmits to the speaker of the House of Assembly a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the deputy governor as acting governor’.”
“So if you look at this section, the letter of Governor Suntai was in line with this provision and the constitution did not give the House powers to debate on the letter, because the letter is just to inform the House of his return and assumption of office. The letter of the governor to the House is not open for debate on the floor of the House.”