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Enugu, Ebonyi Speakers re-elected; Gafasa emerges in Kano 

Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (middle) with the newly reelected Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi (right) and his wife, Akunna, at their residence, shortly after inauguration of the 7th Assembly, in Enugu, on Monday.

Immediate past Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, has been re-elected to, again, steer the ship of the Assembly.

He was returned to his seat by his colleagues at the inauguration of the Assembly on June 10, 2019.

In Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State, Mr Francis Nwifuru (PDP–Izzi West), was also re-elected Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly.

Nwifuru who was the speaker of the 5th Assembly was unanimously re-elected by members during the inauguration of the 6th Assembly on Monday by Gov. David Umahi.

Mr Kingsley Ikoro (PDP—Afikpo North West) nominated Nwifuru for the position, while Mr Oliver Osi (PDP–Ivo) seconded the nomination.

The Clerk of the house, Mrs Patricia Anasi who conducted proceedings before the election, proclaimed Nwifuru the speaker.

The House also re-elected Chief Obasi Odefa, who was the Deputy Speaker at the 5th Assembly as Deputy Speaker.

Umahi during the inauguration noted that section 105, sub section 3 of the 1999 Constitution as amended empowered the state governor to inaugurate the Assembly.

“The 5th Assembly was rounded-off few hours ago and I hereby proclaim the 6th session of the Ebonyi House of Assembly,” he said.

Nwifuru in his acceptance speech thanked his colleagues for re-electing him and promised to re-double his efforts to ensure the success of the house.

“I thank God for the grace to be re-elected and I promise to diligently deliver on this huge responsibility bestowed on me.

“I urge my colleagues to cooperate with me in ensuring that we deliver on our mandate of making legislations that would enhance the peoples’ wellbeing,” he said.

He announced that after exhaustive consultations and deliberations by party leaders in the state, four principal officers of the House were nominated.

“They include- Mr Victor Chukwu as the House Leader, Kingsley Ikoro—Deputy Leader, Humphrey Nwuruku–(PDP–Ikwo North)–House Whip and Benjamin Ezoma (PDP–Ebonyi North East)– Deputy Whip,” he said.

Nwifuru is a third term member of the House while Odefa, the deputy speaker is a fourth term member.

The Kano State House of Assembly also returned a former Speaker of the State’s Assembly, the member representing Ajingi Constituency, Alhaji Abdulaziz Gafasa as the new Speaker of the 9th Assembly.

The election followed his nomination by the member representing Dala constituency, Malam Lawan Hussain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday during the first plenary session of the Assembly.

The nomination was seconded by the member representing Gogewa Constituency, Alhaji Salisu Riruwai.

Gafasa was the speaker of the Assembly during Malam Ibrahim-Shekarau’s second tenure as the governor of the state.

The assembly also elected the member representing Makoda constituency, Hamisu Cidari as the Deputy Speaker for the fourth time while Ayuba Madari representing Warawa constituency,  emerged as the Majority Leader.

Others include, Alhaji Ali Danja, elected as Minority Leader; Alhaji Garba Shehu, Deputy Majority Leader and  Alhaji Ayuba Durum, Chief Whip, among others.

In his acceptance speech, Gafasa thanked the lawmakers for finding him worthy to lead them and pledged to carry all the members along irrespective of party differences.

He assured that the Assembly would enact laws that have direct benefits on the people and the overall development of the state.

“We will work with other arms of government to ensure the state moves forward to compete with other developed countries.

“We will also ensure the enthronement of  legislative autonomy,” he promised.

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