The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has presented certificates of return to Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule, his Deputy Dr Emmanuel Akabe and the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi as well as other 23 members-elect for the State Assembly.
The presentation of certificates of return to Nasarawa State Governor, his Deputy, the Speaker and Members – elect for the State Assembly took place at INEC Headquarters Lafia and was conducted by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abdul-rahman Othman Ajidagba and was supervised by Muhammed Kudu Haruna INEC Commissioner in charge of North Central.
Governor Abdullahi Sule in his speech expressed happiness for the unique day which he described as double celebration for him and the State at large coming a day after Federal Government commenced oil drilling in the State.
“it is two happy moments for us in the State, the presentation of certificate of return and commencement of oil drilling”
“It is a very common thing for us in Nigeria, winners will always celebrate and losers will always accused the winner, it is common in Nigeria politics” Gov. Sule said.
On his part, the Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly who led other members to the event, said the legislative arm of government is committed in promulgating laws that will steer development base on the yearnings and peculiarities of the state.
He expressed gratitude to God Almighty for his re-election and pledged to continue to contribute positively to the development of the state.
“I want to assure of my readiness to continue to provide effective, sound and quality representation to the people of my constituency and the state at large.
Recalled that after elections in the 24 State constituencies, 14 new legislators were elected along with returning 10 who secured their tickets were led by the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi to the Headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission in Lafia to receive their Certificates of Returns amidst euphoria.
One after the other, state parliamentarians received what could be tagged as “Symbol of Authority” with huge expectations from the people of Nasarawa State as affirmed by the Speaker of the House Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi.
The Speaker who is returning to the hallowed chamber for the third time, said the state legislative arm of government is committed in legislating on issues that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
In an interview, a first timer, Hon. John Ali Dizaho who is to represent Karu/Gitata constituency, said the next assembly should be research driven to conform with modern reality.
In all, the ruling All Progressives Congress APC produced 11 members in the just concluded polls, leaving People’s Democratic Party PDP with 8 while SDP settled for three leaving NNPP at the bottom with two members.
It would be reported that those who received their certificates of returns included Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi (APC- Umaisha/Ugya), Nehemiah Dandaura (APC-Akwanga North), Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East), Danladi Jatau (APC- Kokona West) and Ibrahim Nana (APC-Keffi West), Muhammad Omadefu (APC-Keana), Suleiman Yakubu (APC- Awe South), Hajara Danyaro (APC-Nasarawa Central), Emmanuel Manding (APC-Wamba) and Hudu A. Hudu (APC-Awe North).
Others are Abel Bala –PDP) Nassarawa Eggon West, Ibrahim Akwe (PDP-Obi 1) Luka Zhekaba (PDP-Obi 2) John Ovey(PDP) Keffi East, John Dizaho (PDP- Karu/Gitata, Aliyu Chunbaya (PDP-Akwanga South) Esson Mairiga(PDP- Lafia North, and Muhammed Onyanki (PDP – Doma North., Onarigu Onah Kana ( SDP) Udege/Loko and Musa Saidu Gude(SDP) Uke/Karshi as well as Solomon Akwashiki (SDP Lafia Central)
Mr Muhammed Isimbabi Garba (NNPP Toto/Gadabuke ) and Mr Musa Abubakar Ibrahim(NNPP – Doma South) respectively.