Abuja – The Taraba State House of Assembly has
elected Mark Useni as its new Speaker.
The election follows the recent Appeal Court judgment
setting aside the election of Peter Diah.
The appeal court seating in Yola had ordered a poll re-run.
At the plenary on Thursday, the House, presided by the
Deputy Speaker, Muhamed Gwampo, communicated to the members the position of the
After declaring the seat of the Speaker vacant, Gwampo
called for the election.
Also read: Tribunal nullifies Taraba Speaker's election
The majority leader of the House and member representing
Lau, Joseph Kunini, nominated Useni.
Member representing Wukari II, Josiah Aji, seconded him.
Useni was unanimously elected by 22 out the 24 members of
the House present at the sitting.
Presenting his inaugural speech immediately after taking his
seat, Useni lauded the members for keeping faith in him and remaining peaceful
despite the political tussle that surrounded the setting aside of the election
of the former Speaker.
“The Taraba State House Assembly has shown politicians that
issues at the assembly can be handled within and among the members despite
their political differences,” Useni said.
He applaud the executive arm of the state for cordial
working relationship with the legislative arm and promised to maintain the relations
for the development of the state.
Useni was the Speaker of the seventh Assembly whose tenure
ended last year after elections.
- CAJ News