Following the removal of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman, and the Deputy Speaker, Jamilu Barade, from the Court of Appeal, members of the State’s Assembly have elected a new Speaker and Deputy, respectively.
The Assembly elected Babayo Akuyam, a lawmaker representing Hardawa Constituency in Misau Local Government Area of the state, as its new Speaker.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Abdullahi, representing Dass Constituency in Dass LGA of the state, was elected as the Deputy Speaker.
Both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker were sworn in by the Clerk of the House, Umar Gital.
Speaking after their election, the new Speaker of the Bauchi House of Assembly expressed gratitude to God for his emergence as the Speaker. He also appreciated other lawmakers for trusting him with the responsibility.
The New Speaker assured the people of the state that, in line with Tinubu’s Administration’s Renewed Hope Mandate, the House would do everything possible for the overall development of the State. He also noted that he is available for positive advice from the people and his colleagues to work effectively.
News About Nigeria reports that Akuyam’s election as Speaker is coming barely five days after the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja sacked the then Speaker, Suleiman, who was a member representing Ningi Central Constituency.
Suleiman, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, was sacked by the Appeal Court following the appeal filed against him by Khalid Abdulmalik-Ningi of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
A three-member panel of the appellate court on Friday set aside the judgment of the tribunal, which had upheld the PDP candidate’s victory, and ordered INEC to conduct a rerun in 10 polling units.
Similarly, the new Deputy Speaker was elected barely three days after the sack of the former deputy, Barade, who is also a member of the PDP, representing Bauchi Central Constituency.
The Appeal Court, in its judgment, nullified the March 18 election on the grounds of alleged over-voting. The appellate court also ordered a rerun in some polling units.