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Bauchi Assembly crisis resolved after 42 days

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• 17 Aggrieved Members Inaugurated
The 17 aggrieved members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, yesterday, submitted themselves for inaåuguration after 42 days of legislative rift between the factional ‘Speaker,’ Damina Kawuwa and the Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman

After the tussle that played out on June 20, when 13 of 31 members of the Assembly elected Abubakar Suleiman as Speaker and Ahmed Kawule, his deputy, 17 members loyal to Damina, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stayed away from the sittings.

Damina’s camp is allegedly loyal to the immediate past Governor, Mohammad Abubakar, while Suleiman, despite being in APC, was voted by minority members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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At the “special session” presided over by deputy Speaker, Ahmed Kawule, on Friday night, the 17 lawmakers decided to embrace peace and were inaugurated in addition to a member, who voluntarily stepped forward last week ahead of others for inauguration.

Kawule, however, charged them to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the Constitution and rules of the Assembly.

Speaking after the inauguration, Governor Bala Muhammed commanded them for accepting to be inaugurated in the interest of the state.

Mohammed said the government championed the peace move through “intervention of relevant stakeholders, notably the traditional rulers.”

Recall that a High Court in the state, on July 18, ordered the National Assembly to steer clear of the Assembly complex over plans to it take over, pending the determination of the motion before it on October 3.


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