Nasarawa Assembly Elects New Speaker, Deputy

Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Friday elected a member representing Kokona West (APC), Danladi Jatau as the new speaker of the Assembly.

The emergence of the new speaker followed the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified the election of the former Speaker, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi on November 28.

The House also elected Mohammed Oyanki, a member representing Doma North (PDP) as the new deputy speaker.

The duo were elected unopposed by members of the legislature.

Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Acting Clerk of the House announced the result during an emergency plenary in Lafia.

Suleiman Azara (APC- Awe South) nominated Jatau for the position of speaker, which was seconded by Larry Ven- Bawa (APC- Akwanga North).

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Solomon Akwashiki (SDP- Lafia Central) nominated Mr Mohammed Oyanki, (PDP – Doma North) for the position of Deputy Speaker and was seconded by Hajiya Hajara Danyaro (APC- Nasarawa Central).

The clerk, thereafter, swore in Jatau and Oyanki as the speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

Jatau, in his acceptance speech, thanked the members for the confidence reposed in him to lead the 7th assembly.

He promised to promote unity among members of the Assembly for robust legislation for the overall development of the State.

The new speaker also pledged effective collaboration with the executive arm of government in order to ensure that the people continue to feel the impact of democracy in the state.

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