BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
There is pandemonium in Bauchi State as two speakers emerged for only one House of Assembly in the state.
11 members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly which consist
of 8 Peoples Democratic Party members and three others from the All Progressive Congress and NNPP went to the assembly complex in Bauchi as early as 6am and elected a speaker and deputy speaker even before the commencement of inauguration scheduled for 10am today.
Abubakar Suleiman, representing Ningi Central Constituency and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) elected by 11 out of 31 members at about 7am.
Danlami Kawule a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Zungur/Galambi was also elected as the deputy speaker by the same group of lawmakers.
However, in a turn of events, another set of lawmakers, 18 of them, conducted a parallel election in front of the assembly complex at about 11am since they were not allowed into the legislative chamber.
The members could not gain access into the chamber as it was locked so they decided to hold a parallel election outside the complex.
The members stood in front of the statue of the mace symbol and elected Kawuwa Damina as the speaker of the state house of assembly.
Damina is a former speaker in the state’s eighth assembly and a member of the APC. He was returned in the parallel election through a voice vote.