Tambuwal Bows As Speaker Of House Of Reps, Ihedioha Emerges Speaker Pro-tempore
Governor-elet of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Tuesday bowed out as Speaker of the House of Representatives and passed the mantle of leadership to the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha.
The decision of Tambuwal was done to avoid constitutional crisis of taking oath of office for two separate offices because Tambuwal who is governor-elect of Sokoto state will be sworn in on May 29.
While he will be inaugurated as governor on May 29, his current tenure as a member of the House will terminate on June 6.
Tambuwal, while briefing newsmen after Tuesday’s sitting of the House, disclosed that the members agreed at an executive session that Ihedioha should preside over the affairs of the House till June 6.
“My stay here in the House would have effectively come to an end on May 29 after I would have been inaugurated as governor.
“We have to avoid any possible issues on this, since the constitution is silent on what happens when a sitting speaker has to move to another office,” he added.
According to him, the 1999 Constitution does not envisage a situation where the speaker will leave one office for another, while the oath taken for the current one is subsisting.
However, he noted that under the Standing Orders of the House, a Speaker Pro-tempore was required to be elected by members to run the House for any period the substantive speaker would not be available.