The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has removed Majority Leader of the House of Assembly, Ibrahim Dandodo.
Dandodo, who represents Rijau Constituency, will be replaced with Nura Garba (Kontagora I).
The sack was contained in a letter to the Assembly, where the party requested it to recognise Dandodo’s removal.
However, some lawmakers have resisted this move, saying only lawmakers have the powers to elect their leaders.
This development has caused a cold war between the party leadership and lawmakers, as the party threatened to deny them tickets in 2019 if they refuse to act upon the letter.
The lawmakers are standing on the House of Assembly Standing Order, Page 6, which states that the election of the Speaker and his deputy is the responsibility of members, while the rules of the House gives power to lawmakers to select their leaders.
A lawmaker, who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed the receipt of the letter.
He said the APC lawmakers were neither consulted nor involved in the decision.
Efforts to get party’s secretary, Mohammed Liman, to comment were unsuccessful.