Borno Sacks Majority Leader

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 13th, 2014

Borno State House of Assembly yesterday sacked its majority leader, Hon Idrissa Jidda.

Jidda’s removal might not be unconnected with his alleged closeness to former Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.

The former majority leader was removed for announcing the defection the defection of 18 state lawmakers, including himself from of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without consulting the majority members.

Jidda, who shares the same local government with Modu Sheriff, had on July 21 boasted that the majority members of the Assembly would be defecting to the PDP in support of Modu Sheriff, who reportedly declared his exit from the APC to the PDP.

Apparently displeased with the majority leader’s action and his loyalty, the ruling APC leadership in the state was said to have approached its members in the Assembly to ensure the replacement of Jidda.

Speaking with newsmen, the new majority leader, Hon Zakariya Muhammed said his emergence as the new leader of the APC majority in the Assembly was sequel to the defection of the ousted former majority leader.

He said, “Hon Jidda had on July 21 declared in the media that 19 members of the House had defected to the PDP. And we all know we had only 22 members of the APC. So we felt he made such declaration without consulting us; he spoke on his own and as far as the Borno state house of Assembly is concerned, no one has defected.

“If he insists on being a PDP, then he cannot be the leader. That was why the leaders of our party who have the powers of deciding who becomes the leader said a replacement must be made from the Borno Central and every member, including the speaker agreed that I should be the majority leader, having met all the requirements as a member from Borno Central”.

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