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Reps: Mark, Tambuwal Prevented Jonathan From Sacking Govs

The House of Representatives on Thursday said that deliberations between President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly leadership saved governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states from impending sack.

President Jonathan on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in three states, leaving the governors to continue to be in office.

These states have in recent time, witnessed violent attacks engineered by members of an insurgent group, Boko Haram.

Mr. Victor Ogene, the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said Jonathan held a meeting with the presiding officers of the National Assembly where they advised him to retain the governors in office while implementing the emergency rule.

At a briefing in Abuja, he explained that the “understanding” by the two sides was to ensure that the proclamation would not send the wrong signals to stakeholders.

He said, “The leadership met with Mr. President and discussed the emergency proclamation to restore normalcy to these states. But, in supporting it, they reached the understanding that democratic structures like the governors and state Houses of Assembly will not be touched.

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