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Speakers emerge in Imo, Benue, Kaduna as Kebbi inaugurates assembly

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As state legislatures continue to elect their principal officers, the Imo State House of Assembly has elected Chiji Chimezie Collins (Isiala Mbano Constituency) as Speaker of the 27-member ninth Assembly.

Collins was elected under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) before he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the valedictory session of the eighth house on Monday.

Also, Okechukwu Onyekanma (PDP Mbaitoli Constituency) was elected Deputy Speaker of the House.

Speaking, Collins commended the members and Governor Emeka Ihedioha for their support and promised to work for the good of all.

Besides, the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday elected other principal officers. They are, Titus Uba (Kyan State Constituency), who was reelected Speaker and Christopher Adaji (Ohimini State Constituency), who emerged Deputy Speaker.

During plenary, Cheme Tyoapine (Gwer-West State Constituency) emerged Majority Leader, while Edoh Abu (Agatu Constituency) clinched Deputy Majority Leader of the House.

Others are, Thomas Mlanga of Ukum State Constituency (Majority Whip), Onche Peter of Obi State Constituency (Deputy Majority Whip), Bem Mngutyo of Tarka State Constituency (Minority Leader) and Dyako Cephas of Konshisha State Constituency (Minority Whip).

In Kaduna, the House elected Aminu Abdullahi Shagali as Speaker and Yusuf Zaillani as Deputy Speaker.

But there are concerns that the Southern Kaduna part of the state has been denied leadership position under Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration as Shagali and Zaillani are both Moslems.

While Shagali, who represents Sabon Gari Zaria State constituency was reelected Speaker of the Sixth Assembly, Zaillani represents Igabi West State Constituency 1 and 2 in the North and Central parts of the state.

However, Clerk of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, Muhammed Usman Gwadangwaji, has inaugurated the Ninth Assembly, as former Speaker, Ismail Abdulmum Kamba, retained his position for a second term in office.

Kamba, who visited Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu at Government House, Birnin-Kebbi, assured the state government of cooperation between the legislature and executive for the good of the state.

Responding, Bagudu commended the members, urging them to work hard and ensure smooth passing of bills for the benefit of the state.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, yesterday promised that the Ninth Assembly would be people-oriented in the discharge of its duties.

Oluomo, who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta, noted that the legislature would use aggregation of people’s views and opinions from different strata of society to set agenda for government to meet the yearnings of the Ogun people.


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