Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has disclosed that he has no plan to dump his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as being speculated in some quarters.

Speaker stated this yesterday when he received in audience APC leadership of his Guda Ward of Ningi Local Government who paid him a congratulatory visit over his election as Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.

He informed the party leaders that he still remains loyal and grateful to his party APC on whose platform he contested and won the election, calling on them to ignore all rumours that he is dumping the party.

Commenting on the insinuations in some quarters that he failed to speak during the party’s grand finale campaign in Dass during the just concluded bye-election where the Speaker explained that they had an arrangement in the Assembly that Majority Leader Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu being the Leader of the party in the Assembly would speak on behalf of the APC lawmakers.

“Not only during Dass campaign, in many events of the Party we usually ask the Majority Leader to speak for us, check the programme of events of the Dass Campaign, they never mention that Speaker will speak but mentioned speech of (APC) leadership of Bauchi State House of Assembly, so there is nothing wrong if our party leader in the Assembly spoke for us.

“Some people are saying I didn’t go to Dass for the election but even my colleagues know that I was sick on Friday to the level that I couldn’t attend Juma’at prayer. The Majority Leader and some members went there for us. Most of these lies and rumours are being created and disseminated by people who rely on defamation, lies and political brigandage to make money.

“I want to assure you that I am an APC member and will remain an APC member today and tomorrow, nobody can remove me from the party.” He said.

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman thanked all people of his Ward for standing with him and pledged to continue providing them with more dividends of democracy.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the party Alhaji Ya’u Kafinta said they visited the Speaker to congratulate him over his recent election as Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislature of Nigeria which he said is a great source of joy and pride to all people of the area.

He recalled how the Speaker contributed immensely to the growth and development of Guda Community even before joining politics, saying with ascendancy to the national limelight, the Speaker is reaping what he sows.

Alhaji Ya’u Kafinta added that the people of Guda feel proud that the son of the area became the first Ningi indigene to become Speaker, first Bauchi indigene to become Chairman of Northeast Speakers Forum and first Northeasterner to become Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, forecasting higher positions for the Speaker in the future.

The party chairman also dispelled any rumour that the Speaker will leave the party, saying it is the handiwork of enemies of the party who don’t want peace and progress of APC in Bauchi State.

While expressing the confidence of the party leadership of Guda Ward on the Speaker, Alhaji Ya’u Kafinta encouraged him not to be distracted by the antics of the enemies but to continue working for the interest of the state.

 


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