By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
A panel set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the crisis rocking Bauchi State House of Assembly which produced ‘two speakers’ and the closure of the house for three weeks has commenced collection of complaints from the critical stakeholders in the State to reconcile it aggrieved lawmakers.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that on Thursday, June 20, 13 out of 31 members of the Bauchi Assembly had elected Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, (APC) representing Ningi Constituency and subsequently, other 18 members loyal to immediate past speaker Damina Kawuwa held a parallel election outside the floor chamber while using a symbolic mace without clerk.
The Chairman of the panel, Hon. Musa Sarkin Adar and other members while paying courtesy visit on the State Governor, Bala Muhammed said his committee members are in the state to gather information to help determine a resolution capable of bringing peace to the house.
Hon. Musa said “We are from different geopolitical zones, party lines and tribes, we promise to do justice to the issues of the parliament. Our concern is to make peace and consequently setting the state on progress lane.
“With these, we want all aggrieved members or any party to tender their displeasure, either recent or old testimony between today and Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, Governor Bala while reacting said “as a parliamentarian, we are ashamed of the situation in the state, though politics is dynamic, some of the democratisation come with crisis, by this, we must always be loyal to the will of the people, we respect the autonomy of the parliament.
“What happened in Bauchi is very regrettable but we are not going to preempt what you have come here for but give you all the support that is required. As far as we are concerned, there is only one house in Bauchi.
“The election has been conducted and I was the one who signed the proclamation and the election was held with the symbol of authority in the house not outside and within the timeline. Of course, some people were excluded, it is very sad for people who are representing different constituencies to be excluded from discharging their parliamentary exercise.
“We appreciate your coming. Definitely, some people have been expecting your arrival. My self and deputy are parliamentarians, we have been to the Senate and we are at the helms of affairs of Bauchi today.”