Following the nullification of the former speaker, Hon Abubakar Sulaiman, and his deputy, Jamilu Umaru Dahiru’s elections by the Court of Appeal, the Bauchi State House of Assembly has successfully chosen new leaders. Babayo Muhammad, the representative of Hardawa constituency, has been elected as the new speaker, while Ahmad Abdulahi, representing Dass constituency, assumes the role of deputy speaker,leadership reports.
This development comes in the wake of the Court of Appeal’s directive to conduct rerun elections in 10 polling units in Ningi central constituency and more than four polling units in Bauchi Central constituency, following the dismissal of the former speaker and another member, Barade.
The Bauchi Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had initially affirmed the elections of the former speaker and deputy, but the subsequent Court of Appeal rulings left a leadership vacuum in the House. In response, the lawmakers decided to elect new leaders to address the voids created by the court decisions.
Musa Nakwada, the spokesperson of the House from Bogoro constituency, confirmed the election, emphasizing that the decision to choose new leaders was necessary to uphold the functioning of the Assembly in light of the Court of Appeal’s judgments. He assured that the lawmakers would continue to operate within the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the newly elected leaders would oversee the House’s affairs, allowing lawmakers to carry out their duties seamlessly.