From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Three Members elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and One Peoples Democratic Party PDP member in Bauchi state are jostling to become the speaker of the ninth Assembly, ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Bauchi House of Assembly today Monday.
The Four major contenders are Kawuwa Shehu Damina APC immediatePast speaker, representing Darazo State Constituency, Abubakar Suleiman, APCrepresenting Ningi Constituency in Bauchi central zone, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo PDP andthe immediate past Majority Leader of the house Tijanni Muhammad Aliyu APC representingAzare / Madangala constituency.
Bauchi is one of the State where the Governor came under the flatform of the People’s democratic Party and the party has only eight out of the31 members elect in to the House while APC has 22 elected members and the NNPPhas only one member elect.
Our correspondent gathered that series of meetings are beingheld in Bauchi and Abuja because of the conflict of interest over whichsenatorial zone should produce the Speaker between Bauchi North and Bauchi Centralbecause of their contribution to the success of the State.
The PDP led government might play a key role in determining who becomes the next speaker, and going by the tradition Since the Governor Mohammedis from Bauchi South, his Deputy Sule Audu Katagum is from Bauchi North, theSpeakership supposed to be zone to Bauchi Central Senatorial zone.
Damina the immediate past is said to be optimistic of being returned buthe may faces somany challenges some of the members and the government may notbe comfortable with the former speaker returning due to his antecedents in theimmediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar, especially the three billsthey hurriedly passed few days to the inauguration of the state Governor SenatorBala Mohammed.
APC is working hard to ensure that the party retain the seat ofthe Speaker but the PDP may likely divide its legs they support a contestantfrom their party and one of the contenders that they will be comfortable with.
Issue of emirates may also comes up in selecting anew speakerSecretary to the State Governor Sabiu Baba is from Bauchi central under BauchiEmirate , even the former Speaker is from Bauchi emirate in Bauchi Central someof the members may likely look for new Speaker from “Ningi, Warji and Misau local governments or the other Localgovernment that makes up the Bauchi Central but are not in Bauchi emirate
However Darazo, is trying to capitalize on his incumbencypower because majority of the members are returning to the House, because histrack records in the House would definitely speak for him.
Bobbo from Misau LGA his LGA Voted for PDP 100 percent duringgovernorship election and Boob has the support of Stake holders from his area,while Ningi have the support of Stake holders even outside his constituency.
The Majority leader of the House Tijjani Abdu may likely besupported by some PDP stake holders what eve happens today Monday is the d dayfor inaugurating the 9th assembly of the House.
You would recalled that last Friday the House holds valedictorysession for mebers of the eight Assembly where the immediate past speakerKawuwa Shehu Damina said during his tenure the eight assembly lawmakers passed- “76 bills, 120 motions, 84matters of urgent public importance received 45 messages from the immediatepast Governor, Muhammad Abubakar, attended to 20 petitions and dispose them, 81committee reports were also received and adopted.