JUST IN: Controversy as State House of Assembly elects two Speakers
A heated controversy has gripped the Nasarawa State House of Assembly as two parallel speakers emerged on the floor of the house on Tuesday.
They include the immediate past speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Mr Daniel Ogah Ogazi representing Kokona East constituency.
While Hon Abdullahi was elected at a sitting which took place at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogazi emerged as speaker from the proceedings at the Assembly complex.
It was gathered that the member representing Nasarawa Eggon East constituency, Hon Jecob Kudu was elected deputy speaker.
Abdullahi was nominated by Hon Muhammed Adamu Omadefu, Keana constituency and seconded by Hon Danladi Jatau of Kokona West.
The oath of office was administered to him by the acting clerk of the House, Mr Ibrahim Musa.
After his inauguration, Abdullahi was received by Governor Abdullahi Sule and his deputy, Emmanuel Akanbe at the Government House in Lafia.
As reported by the LEADERSHIP newspaper, it could not be ascertained who inaugurated the Ogazi’s camp and the process leading to his emergence, but he told newsmen that the process was transparent and followed the established protocol.
“We were duly elected at the Assembly with the official legislative insignia which is the mace. All the processes and procedures were followed to the letter,” he explained.
He commended Governor Sule for putting the machinery in motion for the exercise to take place.
It will be recalled that the state governor had earlier on Tuesda directed the suspension of the inauguration of the 7th Assembly indefinitely over security concerns.