Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that he supported the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives because his competence was not in doubt.
He said that the same reason led to the endorsement of Dogara by eight out of 10 members of the body of Principal Officers of the 7th Assembly contrary to his party’s (APC) preferred candidate, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Tambuwal was speaking for the first time on the issue when leaders of Sayawa Community of Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi State visited him in Sokoto to show appreciation for supporting Dogara’s bid.
He said that the survival of the legislature as an important arm of government makes it imperative that competent hands are headhunted to be its leaders.
“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 Etteh and Hon Dimeji Bankole when they entrusted him with a sensitive position of the Chairman of House Services Committee,” he added.
“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 found in him a person who is competent, accommodating, and with capacity to lead.”
Tambuwal further said that the relationship between the 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.
Source: Daily Independent