GOVERNOR Abdullahi Sule says he has met with the factional speakers of the state’s assembly in a bid to resolve the leadership crisis rocking among the lawmakers.
There was drama at the assembly complex on Tuesday with the emergence of two members – Ibrahim Balarabe and Daniel Ogazi – both from the western zone of the state as speakers.
As a result, the Governor has come under criticism with some accusing him of siding with the Balarabe faction.
However, Governor Sule explained he has called for a truce between both camps. He said the two contestants for the Speakership position are friends.
“We tried everything possible to see how we could resolve the matter between them. I have met with them many times prior to the day of the inauguration,” he said on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, everybody stood his ground. As the responsibility on my part, I had to send the clerk to go ahead and inaugurate the House and then bring a Speaker.
“But as early as 4:30 am, they woke me up with calls that there is a problem at the Assembly. They said the first group had gone in around 1 am to enter the Assembly for a programme that was slated for 8 am.”
The governor stated that after the other camp was denied, he persuaded the former Speaker of the House – Ogazi – to withdraw from the speakership race.