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Tambuwal: My fate as House Speaker in God’s hand

The embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Aminu Tambuwal, on Saturday said his fate as Speaker of
Nigeria’s second lawmaking chamber is in the hands of God.
He also said his colleagues, who elected him Speaker, rather
than anyone else, would determine whether he should
continue to lead them or not.
Since defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party
[PDP] to the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] on
October 28, the PDP and the Nigeria police have been plotting
to oust him from his position as Speaker.
While the PDP plotted to reconvene the House from its
current adjournment without Mr. Tambuwal’s consent, the
police withdrew his security aides, saying since he defected
from the party on whose platform he was elected into the
lower legislative chamber, he had ceased to be Speaker.
On November 3, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja
granted an injunction stopping lawmakers of the PDP from
reconvening the House of Representatives from recess.
Ruling on a case brought by APC lawmakers in the House,
who alleged that PDP lawmakers were planning to reconvene
the House in defiance of its leadership, Justice Ahmed Ramat
Muhammed ordered PDP legislators not to take a decision to
reconvene the House at least until November 7 when the case
would be heard.
When the case came up for hearing on November 7, the judge
directed parties in the case to maintain the status quo until
November 17, the next hearing date.
The court gave the order as the Federal Government, through
the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of
Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and the Inspector General of
Police, Suleiman Abba, pledged not to do anything that would
undermine the Office of the Speaker.
But speaking to journalists on Saturday, Mr. Tambuwal said
he had left the matter of his remaining in office or otherwise
in the hands of God and his colleagues.
“My fate in the National Assembly is in the hands of God and
my members of the House of Representative insha Allah, “
the speaker told reporters shortly after the North-West zonal
meeting of the APC on Saturday in Kaduna.
He declined to answer further questions including that which
sought to know his chances against other aspirants in the APC
vying for the position of governor in his native Sokoto State.

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