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How Bauchi Assembly Speaker, Deputy emerged- Gov Muhammed’s aide



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An aide to Governo Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to be fair in its report on the crisis rocking the State House of Assembly.

According to Alhaji Mohammed Sani Burra, Special Adviser to the Governor on State and National Assembly Matters, there was nothing wrong with the June 20th election which witnessed the emergence of the speaker and deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly.

While speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi, Burra said the best recommendation the House of Representatives should make was to leave the speaker elected by 13 members of the state assembly.

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He said; “On 20th June, 2019, the clerk of the house issued prior notice to all the members that the 9th Bauchii State Assembly would be inaugurated by 10:00am prompt, but 18 members went to hide themselves somewhere trying to determine who would be the speaker, who will be the deputy speaker. When it was 10:00am the clerk had the right to go ahead with the proceedings of the house with the 13 members left in the chamber.

“So they went ahead and the first issue was the election of the speaker; so the clerk went ahead with his duty to elect the speaker, the deputy speaker; then the speaker inaugurated the remaining members. Based on my knowledge on the standing order of the house, there is nothing wrong in the elections of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

“For the remaining 18 members, they denied themselves the right to vote or to be voted for because they hid themselves somewhere outside the chamber because the speaker and deputy speaker must be elected with the clerk in charge and there must be the mace; the symbol of authority. For the 13 that elected the Speaker, Abubakar Y. Suleiman, and the Deputy Speaker, Danlami Kawoye, they conducted everything within the chamber and according to the standing rules and the Nigerian Constitution,” Burra added.

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