Crisis Erupts In Nasarawa Assembly As Two Lawmakers Claim Speakership

Two speakers have emerged to lead the 7th House of Assembly in Nasarawa State.

Ibrahim Balarabe and Daniel Ogazi both from the western zone of the state are the two speakers.

Channels TV report that, Tuesday, June 6 was scheduled for the inauguration of the 7th assembly and election of speaker and deputy speaker but the clerk announced a postponement citing security concerns.

Security personnel barricaded the House of Assembly forcing the Ogazi faction and their supporters to lay siege.

Channels TV report that, Ibrahim Balarabe and Jacob Kudu were chosen by 11 members of one of the state ministries to serve as speaker and deputy, respectively, and were sworn in by Ibrahim Musa, the acting clerk of the legislature, to take charge of the 7th legislature.

However, Ogazi and Adamu Oyanki were chosen by 13 members present in the assembly complex to serve as speaker and deputy, respectively.

Both Balarabe and Ogazi belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is now in power.

Following that, Ibrahim Balarabe, Jacob Kudu, and other faction members were received by Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Nasarawa State Government House in Lafia.