The ad hoc committee set up by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to intervene in the Bauchi State House of Assembly leadership crisis has commenced public hearing in Bauchi.
The 12-member committee, headed by Musa Sarkin-Adar, has been tasked to find out the circumstances that led to the emergence of the two Speakers in the state Assembly.
Public hearing began on Tuesday with stakeholders making submission in writing and verbally to the committee.
Sarkin-Adar had, while speaking with the Gov. Bala Mohammed, solicited the support of the state government and that of the people of the state towards the success of their assignment.
Two Speakers emerged at the inauguration of 9th Bauchi State House Assembly through parallel elections in which 11 members elected Abubakar Suleiman as Speaker, while 20 members elected Kawuwa Shehu-Damina as Speaker.
Meanwhile, 35 political parties in Bauchi State, under aegis of Coalition for Progressive Political Parties (CPPP) had earlier called on the ad hoc to recognize the elected leaders.
During a press conference in Bauchi, spokesperson of the coalition, who is also the state Chairman of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Sani Burra appealed to the committee to also dismiss any allegation of wrong doing in the process of electing the speaker and deputy speaker of the 9th state assembly.
According to him, the election of the house leaders where 13 out 31 members voted was in line with its standing orders of 2017 as amended.
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