After weeks of threats and pressure for him to resign, the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly John Clark Dabwan, on Wednesday finally threw in the towel.
Titus Alams, representing Bokkos constituency, was immediately nominated and unanimously adopted by the Assembly as the new Speaker. He is said to be the preferred choice of Governor Jonah Jang.
The former Speaker, once a very strong ally of Mr. Jang reportedly fell out of favour with the governor and escaped being impeached last week as he pleaded with his colleagues to give him more time to enable him iron out his differences with the governor.
But it seems his peace moves did not yield any effort and has tendered his resignation instead.
However, his deputy, John Bull Shekarau, who spearheaded his removal from office, was not so lucky as he was impeached by 16 members of the Assembly.
Shekarau, who looked shocked by the turn of events, was replaced by Joyce Ramnap.
Earlier, the former Speaker Dabwan in his farewell message said: “Plateau State has witnessed so many crisis and we cannot continue to inflame it. That is the basis on which I am resigning. I painfully took this decision in the interest of peace and I wish all of us well.”