Governor of Sokoto State and the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has broken his silence concerning the role he played in the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House ahead of Femi Gbajabiamila, who was the preferred candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Tambuwal who revealed why he backed Dogara as against the party’s directive said Dogara was more competent in leading the House than his opponent and the party’s preference candidate, Gbajabiamila. The Sokoto governor who played host to leaders of Sayawa Community of Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi State who came to pay him a ‘thank you’ visit for helping their son (Dogara) become the Speaker said, when it came down to the issue of who should lead the 8th House, he (Tambuwal) had to jettison sentiments and went straight for competence.
“Eight out of 10 members of the Body of Principal Officers in the last Assembly supported Dogara’s aspiration. Only Hon Femi (Gbajabiamila) and Hon Datti Ahmad supported Femi.
“I have strong affinity with Hon Femi. He was closer to me than Dogara. But when talking about leadership and collective decisions, sentiments have to be put aside. I’m not here to tell you that my support made Dogara the Speaker, no. Two things made Dogara to become the Speaker, one is God and two, Dogara’s competence.
“The acknowledgement of Dogara’s competence did not start with me. It started from the time of Hon Patricia and Etteh and Hon Dimeji Bankole when they entrusted him with a sensitive position of the Chairman of House Services Committee.
“The committee is one of the most sensitive in the legislature. Apart from taking care of the welfare of members, the committee oversees all procurement processes. As the Speaker, I only did what my predecessors did by giving Dogara this sensitive position.
“No person, as far as I know, has ever served as chairman of the House Services committee in two dispensations. Dogara broke that jinx. All through my tenure, I brought Dogara close to me because I have found in him a person who is competent, accommodating, and with capacity to lead.
“Anyone doubting Dogara’s ability to lead, should ask members of the 7th Assembly how he handled their matter. So we supported Dogara not for any reason but because he was competent to deliver on any task given to him,” he added.
Tambuwal said the relationship between people of Sokoto and Bauchi States was amplified in the First republic when the first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa worked in harmony with the leader of his party and then Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahamdu Bello.
In his remarks, paramount ruler of the Sayawa, Gung Zaar (select), Ishaku Komu, thanked Tambuwal for reviving the age-long relationship between Bauchi and Sokoto States, saying the entire community will
forever be grateful for the confidence shown to Dogara.
Also in his remarks, Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Professor Sulaiman Bogoro, assured that the people of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal constituency are hard working and will strive to justify the confidence shown to their son.


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