In a significant turn of events, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, under the leadership of Daniel Ogah Ogazi, has witnessed a decline in its ranks as three members from Ogazi’s camp have crossed over to Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi’s camp. Ogazi’s deputy, Mohammed Oyanki, along with two other prominent members of the group, have pledged their allegiance to work with Abdullahi “in the interest of peace and unity of the state.”
Mohammed Oyanki, who represents the Doma-North constituency, was originally elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The 25-year-old assumed the role of deputy following a leadership crisis that divided the Assembly into two factions. However, in a surprising twist, he has joined the Abdullahi group, thereby shifting the balance in favor of the camp with a majority of 14-10, out of the total 24 members of the Assembly.
Mr. Ovey John (PDP-Keffi East) and Hudu A Hudu (APC-Awe North) also joined the Abdullahi group and were inaugurated as members during an emergency sitting at the State Ministry For Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lafia.
During the inauguration, Abdullahi congratulated the members, emphasizing their demonstration of love for the state and its people. He expressed the collective resolve to partner with His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule, in order to expedite development across the state. Abdullahi highlighted the lawmakers’ commitment to their constituents and the necessity of effective collaboration with the governor.
In an interview with the press following their inauguration, Hon. Mohammed Oyanki, who formerly served as the Deputy Speaker in Ogazi’s faction, explained that their decision to join Balarabe was driven by the interest of peace, unity, and development for their constituencies and the entire state. He emphasized their dedication to contributing to the state’s progress and the well-being of the people.