By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
Following the postponement of the inauguration of the 9th State House of Assembly in Bauchi State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been wagging tongues over it.
While the All Progressives Congress ( APC) alleged that the move is been masterminded by the ruling PDP, to frustrate the APC, which has the majority in the Assembly, the PDP on the other hand described the claims as untrue.
In a statement on Monday, the State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Bako Hussaini, observed that Nigeria’s Constitution did not empower a state Governor to suspend the inauguration after a proclamation.
Alhaji Hussaini, who alleged that in order for the PDP to perfect their plan, the Clerk of the Assembly was removed few days to the inauguration, while reminding, Governor Muhammad that the action was undemocratic, null and void.
According to the statement, APC has a clear majority in the 9th Assembly in the state, with 22 members as against the ruling PDP with 8 members.
The statement further alleged that with the knowledge that APC is in control of the House, Bauchi State Government is employing tactics to create a situation similar to what played out in 2015 at the National Assembly, to install minority over majority.
The statement in part reads, “The leadership of our party in the state will not fold its arms to allow the ruling party to begin to do anything contrary to the Constitution of Nigeria”.
The statement called on security agencies to advise Governor Muhammad to restore the removed Clerk immediately.
However, in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed the allegations made by the state chapter of the APC that the party is the mastermind of the postponement of the inauguration of the 9th Assembly in the state.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Alhaji Hamza Akuyam, who described the allegations of the APC as false and unfounded, said that the postponement was based on a letter written by the Clerk of the House requesting that the date of the inauguration be shifted.
Akuyam, explained that, “The Clerk had requested that the inauguration be postponed because of logistics issues, as according to the Clerk, the previous government was supposed to have make these arrangements for the new Speaker and other officers that will emerge, but it didn’t. So the extension was to give the government enough time to make all necessary logistical arrangements.”
The PDP Chairman in the state, who acknowledged that the APC is the majority in the House, wondered how his party, the PDP with just 8 members-elect would manipulate to win against the 22 APC members-elect from the APC.
Speaking on the allegations of the removal of the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Akuyam denied any ulterior motive behind it.
The PDP who maintained that the removal of the Clerk was part of the civil service procedure said nobody should give it a different interpretation.
According to him, the clerk is a civil servant, who can be moved at any time in line with civil service rules.