Governor Aliyu refuses to recognize new Niger Speaker

It was revealed that the refusal of Niger State governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, to recognize the newly elected Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Isah Kawu at a public function on Monday has confirmed fears that a quick resolution of the crisis rocking the Assembly may not be in sight.

Kawu, who attended his first public function since his emergence as Speaker of the House, was ignored by the governor in the order of protocol when he spoke at the commissioning of Gen. Mamman Kontagora Building Materials Market in Minna, the state capital.

Aliyu, who arrived the event with the impeached Speaker, Barrister Adamu Usman, also had the new Speaker, his deputy, Hon. Bello Ahmed , the Chief Whip, Hon. Sadatu Kolo and Hon. Bala Faruqu – Bida II trailing him, a development people felt has brought truce to the crisis in the assembly. But when he read his address, the governor refused to acknowledge the presence of the new Speaker and the impeached one.

He simply addressed them as, “my employers ‎, members of the Niger State of Assembly.” Attendees at the event also faulted the sitting arrangement as it was noticed that the seat where the Speaker was suppose to sit was occupied by the impeached Speaker.

The Speaker in his speech, said the omission was noticed especially as it was done at a public function, adding that the development has not changed the fact that he is Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

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