The speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini, resigned on Wednesday.

The chamber immediately elected the member representing the Zing constituency, John Kizito Bonzina, as the new Speaker.

Kunini was elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in 2019.

His resignation letter, which he read to the full House, took everyone by surprise as there were no skirmishes between the members of the House.

“My resignation is for personal reasons. I wish to thank the honorable members for their support and cooperation while I served as president of this honorable House,” she said.

Bonzina, while speaking after his emergence as a new speaker, denied the allegation that members staged a palace coup to remove the speaker from office.

While soliciting the support of his colleagues, he vowed to work day and night to build on the former speaker’s achievements.

Although no reason was given for the former president’s resignation, the DAILY POST concluded that his quest to solidly back parliamentary workers who have been demanding their unpaid seven-year clothing allowances required his resignation as plans to charge him they were already in the pipeline.