Lawmakers in Bauchi State have elected two speakers for the House of Assembly, to demonstrate the keen contest for political authority in one of the states snatched by the opposition from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
There was a tension and drama as 11 members of the Peoples Democratic Party out of 31-member house elected a new speaker. The team of 11 convened at the House at 6am to elect a new speaker unopposed, without 20 other members of the opposition APC, who constitute the majority.
The 11 PDP members elected Abubakar Suleiman of the APC from Ningi constituency as the new Speaker before the arrival of his 20 APC colleagues. He was nominated by Babayo Muhammad, the member representing Hardawa constituency, while Jamilu Umar Dahiru, who is representing Bauchi central constituency, seconded the nomination.Danlami Kawule, member representing Zungur/Galambi, was also elected deputy speaker.However, the APC later organised a parallel sitting within the premises of the House where 18 members re-elected the former Speaker, Kawu Damina, creating a stalemate.