From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The 10th Kebbi State House of Assembly members have elected Hon Muhammad Usman Zuru as the Speaker of the House and Hon. Muhammad Samaila Bagudo as his Deputy.

Both Zuru and Bagudo who are elected from their constituencies under APC, emerged at the inauguration session conducted by the Clerk of the House Alhaji Suleiman Shamaki, after the State Governor, Dr Nasir Idris had forwarded a proclamation letter to the House for the election of principal officers in accordance with Section 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federation.

They were nominated by their colleagues without any counter-nomination. Four members were elected under PDP while 20 were elected under APC.

The Clerk, while citing the Governor’s letter said: the section confers on the governor the powers to dissolve the previous assembly (in this case the 9th) and simultaneously proclaim the 10th which will begin by electing principal officers of the house.

“My duty this morning is to officially dissolve the 9th Assembly and inaugurate the 10th Assembly so that you can commence your first session.

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“Whereas it is provided in section 105, subsection 3 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

“That the person elected as governor shall have the power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the state assembly immediately after being sworn in.

“Therefore, I, Dr Nasir Idris, Governor of Kebbi State, in the exercise of the powers bestowed upon me by section 105 subsection 3 as aforesaid, and of all other powers enabling me on that behalf hereby proclaim that the first session of the 10th Kebbi State Assembly holds at 11:00 am on this day, Monday the 8th of June, 2023, in the Kebbi State House of Assembly Complex, Birnin Kebbi,” he said.

The Governor in his letter solicited the cooperation of the lawmakers in administering the state and providing good governance to Kebbi State.

Speaking shortly after the oath of office, Umar-Zuru, promised to do their utmost best to deliver against all odds.

He thanked members for electing and entrusting him with the legislative responsibility, assuring them that he would not betray the confidence of the people of the state.