Nigerian leader wades into leadership crisis in Bauchi, Edo Assemblies

Timothy Choji & Cyril Okonkwo Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari says he will work with the relevant constitutional bodies to resolve the crises rocking the Houses of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo states.

The President stated this when he received in audience, members of the Bauchi House of Assembly as well as other stakeholders in the State on Wednesday at the State House, Abuja.

“I am aware of the problem in Edo and Bauchi states and I try to appreciate my position as the President, the political situation vis a vis the constitution of our country, the role of the commissioners of police and the party.  I always like to be on the side of the constitution,” President Buhari said.

He promised to liaise with the Minister of Justice when sworn in, and the Inspector General of Police, to ensure that the rights of the constituencies and individuals were not abused in any form.

The President however urged the members not to give up their rights and the rights of those who elected them, charging them not to compromise on their individual integrity so as not to divide the House and the party.

He advised them to stay firm, bearing in mind their responsibilities to their constituencies and always keep the party in the State and at the centre informed.

The party members led by the Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had briefed the President on events leading to the crisis in the House.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting with President Buhari, the factional speaker in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Kawuwa Shehu Damina, noted that crisis arose in the Bauchi State House of Assembly last month following the emergence of two speakers

Damina, who is represents Darazo Central Constituency in the house, said that the meeting with President Buhari was to give him “first hand briefing on what is happening since the purported inauguration.”

He said all his faction was asking was for the right thing to be done in the assembly.