Three members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are vying for the speaker’s seat, ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Bauchi State House of Assembly on Monday.
However, there is conflict of interest over which senatorial zone should produce the Speaker.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – led government might play a key role in determining who would become the next Speaker.
According to The Nation, PDP doesn’t have the numerical strength to produce the Speaker in the state. It has just eight members in the Assembly while the APC has the majority of 22, leaving the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) with just a member.
The PDP is however throwing its weight behind one of the top contenders, Abubakar Suleiman, a new member representing Ningi Constituency in Bauchi Central Zone. The other two contenders are former Speaker Kawuwa Shehu Damina, representing Darazzo Constituency. He is said to be optimistic of being returned.
But there is also the Majority Leader, Hon. Tijanni Muhammad Aliyu, representing Azare / Mangala Constituency.
A source familiar with the power- sharing formula for the emergence of a Speaker said the PDP is not comfortable with the former Speaker returning due to his antecedents in the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar.
The source who spoke in confidence said: “Since the Governor Bala Mohammed is from Bauchi South, his Deputy Sule Audu Katagum is from Bauchi North, the Speaker’s seat has been zoned to Bauchi Central Senatorial Zone.
“The outgoing Speaker is from Darazo Local Government Area in Bauchi Central, the Majority Leader, Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, is from Bauchi North, and Abubakar Suleiman is from Ningi Constituency.
“Though the former Speaker is from Bauchi Central, the governor is not comfortable with him due to his antecedents in the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar, so the governor is throwing is full weight behind the man from Ningi.”
The source however clarified with the power- sharing formula; someone from Bauchi Emirate will not emerge as Speaker since the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Muhammad Sabiu Baba and the Governor are both from Bauchi Emirate in Bauchi Central.
He said further with the power- sharing formula, the choice of speaker remains in Bauchi Central but must definitely be from another local government, which is not part of Bauchi Emirate.
“The outgoing speaker is from Darazzo local government in Bauchi Central and Darazzo is also part of Bauchi Emirate.That is why PDP don’t want him.
Supreme Court rejects Zamfara APC request
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to review its judgment in which it voided the participation of its candidates in the last elections in Zamfara State.
A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, in a ruling early on Monday, struck out the application marked: SC/377/2019 filed by the APC, seeking a review of the judgment.
The court rejected the effort by the lawyer to the APC, Robert Clarke (SAN), to take a second look at the decision given earlier this year.
BREAKING: Fashola, Amaechi, 41 others make ministerial list
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally forwarded the list of ministerial nominees to Senate for confirmation. There are 43 nominees by the President.
On the list announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan are former ministers Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Adamu Adamu(Bauchi), Senator Chris Ngige(Anambra).
Also on the list are former Governors Rauf Aregbesola(Osun) George Akume(Benue) Timipre Sylva(Bayelsa), Adeniyi Adebayo(Ekiti).
Some of the newcomers are Senator Godswill Akpabio(Akwa Ibom), Sunday Dare(Oyo), Festus Keyamo(Delta), Sharon Ikeazor(Anambra), Senator Tayo Alasoadura(Ondo) and Olorunnibe Mamora(Lagos).
Lawan said screening of the nominees commences tomorrow.
Northerners tolerates bad governance because of Buhari – Sen. Shehu
Senator representing Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, Comrade Shehu Sani, has said that the North is tolerating bad governance, because one of their own, President Muhammadu Buhari is in power.
Sani who was the guest speaker at a conference held to prepare emerging leaders in Kaduna on Monday said, the North had failed to hold President Buhari accountable, despite the unabated killings and destruction of property in the region.
The senator who expressed worry over the high rate of poverty and educational backwardness in the North, asked President Buhari to do something urgent to tackle the socio-economic issues, as the region is under time bomb.
He also tasked President Buhari to come out with sound policies to address high-level poverty and educational challenges in the region and the country at large.
Sani said: “The North is tolerant of bad government because Buhari is in government and he is from the North.
When powers move to the South, the North is good at holding leaders to account but when it moves to the North, we keep silent. We are shy; we are cautious; we are afraid of telling our own that the road in the North is bad. We are more courageous, to tell the truth to power when the president doesn’t come from our region.
“Questioning President Buhari is more sympathetic when people are killed in the South West than in the North and this is because the(South) are holding him to account. Here in the North, you don’t because they are shy. They believe he is infallible and that he cannot be called to question.
“If 50 people were killed in Katsina and representative of the state is not ready to stand up in the Senate to talk about his people being killed, then it will go on and nobody will know. But if Fasoranti’s daughter is killed and a representative from Fasoranti stands up and says I senator blaa… blaa… stand up to outrightly condemn the murder, the nations, and the world will know.
“But if your people are dying here and the people you elected are afraid of being embarrassed and they don’t want to be categorised as being disloyal and be seen in the bad book, they will kill as many as possible and the perception of people outside is that all is well. So, the North must not be docile because one of their own is in office.
He further noted, “Northern leaders have failed to use the opportunity of office to upgrade the North and the country, to industrialise the region and to build a foundation for the generation of people like you. How do you solve the problem of poverty when the three most industrialised state in the North, Kaduna, Plateau and Kano – 80 per cent of their industries are closed down?
“For this country to survive, President Buhari must listen to the voices of reason. You may not like the face of Wole Soyinka, Balarabe Musa, and Obasanjo but read through the content of what they have written and see where adjustment can be made.
“He (Buhari) must be interested in his legacy and he has only four years. In any government after two years there will be heat and once the heat starts , you will not be able to concentrate and do your work.”
While urging youths across the country to always tell truth to power, the senator urged them to revolt against divisive elements trying to sow discord by using religion or ethnicity.
“You must revolt against leaders and elders who are fanning the embers of discord and against people who will generalise one ethnic group or the other and say they are criminals.”
$1bn ECA Fund: We Paid $490m For Tukano Jets – Presidency
The Presidency on Sunday said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was under socio-emotional distress by alleging that the $1 billion approved from the Excess Crude Account for security was used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the 2019 elections.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in a statement in Abuja on Sunday said that the government under the leadership of President Buharj made an advanced payment of $490million for a dozen Super Tukano fighter aircraft in a direct transaction with the American government.
The clarification was in reaction to a call on President Buhari to account for the $1billion drawn from the ECA.
Shehu who accused the PDP of profligacy while incharge of government at the centre, said the transaction was also on a no contractor and no commission basis.
According to the presidential spokesman, the balance of expenditure from the transaction currently stands at $880million.
He explained that ”It’s on record that the Buhari administration paid about USD 490 million for a dozen Super Tucano fighter aircraft in a direct, government-to-government (no Contractors or Commission Agents) transaction with government of the United State.
“Various other military procurements have been made. Balance of expenditure stands at about USD 880 million or so.”
Garba however accused the PDP of spending Defence procurement funds on their failed 2015 political campaigns as proven in court.
He said ”The PDP spent Defence procurement funds on their failed 2015 political campaigns as proven in court. That is not to say every succeeding government, more so one led by a Buhari will do the same.”
“The PDP is under a socioemotional distress. They think that all governments in the world run on the basis of freewheeling looting as they did their own, ” the presidential aide noted.