By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
The Bauchi State House of Assembly has elect new Speaker Mohammed Akuyam, Hardawa Constituency and Deputy Speaker Ahmed Abdullahi, Dass Constituency, following the nullification of the former speaker and the deputy at the court of Appeal.
It could be recalled that the court of appeal in Abuja has nullified the election of Abubakar Suleiman, speaker of Bauchi state house of assembly and his deputy Jamilu Umar Dahiru.
Suleiman is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Ningi central constituency of Ningi LGA of the state, while Jamilu Dahiru represent Bauchi Constituency of Bauchi Local governmment.
The appellate court ordered a rerun in polling units of the speaker and his deputy in Ningi and Bauchi constituencies.
The Clerk of the house Umar Gital who presided over election at plenary on Wednesday said the election of the new Speaker and deputy follow the nullification of the election of the speaker and his deputy by Court Appeal Abuja.
“Therefore it is compelling to elect the new Speaker and his deputy for the running affairs of the state assembly,” he said.
The Member representing Shira Constituency Auwal Hassan nominated Mohammmed Akuyam representing Hardawa Constituency Misau for the speakership.
Supported by Tanko Bura representing Bura constituency in Ningi Local government area, the house unanimously accepted the nomination of Akuyam to become the speaker.
The member representing Dass Constituency in the state Ahmed Abdulahi also emerged deputy speaker unanimously.
The new Speaker Akuyam, in his acceptance speech, appreciated members for their confidence in him by nominating him to be the speaker of the house.
He pledged to Foster unity among members of the state assembly, staff among others.
“My leadership will run an open door policy honesty and transparent, without preferential treatment of members, we are all equal trying to work for the development of Bauchi State
“I am always ready to receive constructive corrections and criticism that would provide dividends of development to our people,” Akuyam said.
The Speaker urged the clerk to transmit to the executive of the house the nomination of new Speaker and his deputy as well as the house is ready to welcome the state Governor Bala Mohammed, Nov, 30, 2023 for presentation of 2024 budget proposal to the assembly.