By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A Coalition of 35 Progressive Political Parties’ (CPPP) has appealed to the House of Representatives committee on Bauchi Assembly crisis to dismiss any allegations of wrong doing in the process of electing the Speaker and his Deputy of the 9th Legislative session.
Admittedly, the political parties want the committee of the National Assembly to recognize one of the two parallel Speakers wh emerged at the inauguration of the State Assembly conducted on June 20th, 2019.
The parties made their plea on Tuesday at a press conference in Bauchi while refuting a story carried by a national electronic media on Sunday 15th July 2019 which allegedly reported that political parties in the state asked the NASS to take over the Bauchi State House Assembly as a result of the unresolved crisis.
Spokesperson of the coalition who is also the state chairman of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) Sani Mohammed said the parties lend credence to the 13 members election of the speakers in which due process was strictly followed
“Quorum of the house shall be one third which is eleven of all the members of the house who are 31 in all. The honourable members elect who were present were exactly 13 in number and the population of the members elect in Bauchi State are 31 members”, Bura said
He claimed, “This invariably means 18 members elect willfully stayed away from the exercise as prescribed by the standing order 2 rule 2 (1) Supra-meaning they refused to exercise their rights to vote and or to be voted for as speaker or deputy speaker.”
Bura told the committee, “We therefore crave your indulgence to Quote order 4 of the standing order 2017 governing the requisite number of members present to form a legal and valid quorum
The coalition therefore dissociated itself from the Radio’s report that the parties asked the NASS to take over the leadership of the State Assembly, decrying that it was misleading and that the person the media house quoted is not their spokesperson.
It would be recalled that the House on the said date witnessed the emergence of two parallel speakers from two different conventions of 13 and 18 members respectively from the 31 Assembly membership.