From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The leadership crisis rocking the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has been resolved as members on Friday elected Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi (APC- Umaisha/ Ugya) as the Speaker of the 7th Assembly.
This followed the withdrawal of the factional speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Daniel Ogazi (APC – Kokona East), from the contest.
The Voice had reported that Hon. Ogazi made the decision to resign as speaker at a news conference on Friday in Lafia to pave way for and development in the state.
During plenary at the Assembly Complex, Hon Mohammed Adamu Oyanki (PDP- Doma North) nominated Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi for the position of the Speaker and was seconded by Hon. Larry Ven Bawa ( APC- Akwanga North).
Similarly, Hon. Ibrahim Peter Akwe ( PDP- Obi 1) nominated Hon. Abel Yakubu Bala ( PDP- Nasarawa Eggon West) as the deputy speaker of the 7th Assembly and was seconded by Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara ( APC- Awe South).
In his acceptance speech, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi, pledged to provide all inclusive leadership in the interest of peace and development of the state.
“I want to congratulate Hon. members on your inauguration and for electing me to serve as Speaker of the seventh assembly.
“I have presided over the affairs of this assembly in the last eight years with all sense of fairness and fear of God. I want to assure you that I will continue in that spirit.
“I will also continue to operate an open door policy as I have done in the last eight years,” he said.