Crisis rocking the Niger State House of Assembly deepened Monday, with the refusal of the state governor, Mu’azu Aliyu Babaginda to recognize the newly-elected Speaker of the state assembly, Isah Kawu, at a public function in the state capital.
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 many believe signalled peace in the crisis at the assembly.
However, 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 supposed 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.
“I noticed the omission, it was not hidden. I am sure everyone noticed it, but one certain fact is that it does not change anything. I still remain the Speaker of the House of Assembly,” Kawu stated.