From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa State has congratulated the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, on his emergence as the speaker of the 7th assembly.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Douglas Otaru in Lafia, the state capital.
According to the statement, the successful election and subsequent swearing in of Hon. Abdullahi was a victory for the people of the state.
It congratulated the entire members of the 7th Assembly for the successful and harmonious resolution which resulted to the inauguration of Hon. Abdullahi as the Speaker of the assembly.
The statement said the step was belated but necessary, noting that some stakeholders who do not want anything good for the the state took advantage of the crisis to cause confusion.
It however, congratulated Hon Ogazi and other members of his faction for their show of patriotism.
“May we use this medium to on behalf of the Executive and members of the APC, to congratulate the entire members of the 7th Assembly for the successful and harmonious resolution which has resulted to the eventual inauguration Of Hon. Balarabe Abdullahi Ibrahim as the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.
“Some people who take advantage of any crisis for their personal interest had been the ones who instigated the prolonged circle of the impasse.The Nasarawa State APC commend Hon Ogazi and other factional members for their show of patriotism,” the statement added.
The statement said it look forward to a more robust and impactful legislative tenure in office, urging them to continue to support the programmes and policies of the Gov Abdullahi Sule’s administration for a more dividends of democracy.
The Voice earlier reported that the 24 member-elect of the State House of Assembly were split between two candidates for the the election of the House leadership during the inauguration of the 7th Assembly on June 6.
Rt Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi (APC – Umaisha/ Ugya) and 10 others were inaugurated at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while Ogazi and 12 others were sworn-in in the assembly complex.
But on Friday, the State House of Assembly resolved its crisis and elected Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi (APC- Umaisha/ Ugya) as the Speaker of the 7th Assembly following the withdrawal of the factional speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Daniel Ogazi (APC – Kokona East), from the contest.
Hon. Ogazi had said at a press conference on Friday that his decision to resign as speaker was to pave the way for and development in the state.