By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A coalition of North West Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has listed out reasons why popular Kaduna State member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Garba Datti Babawo is the right person to emerge the Majority Leader of the House in the 9th Assembly.
The coalition made its position known at a Press Conference held at the Arewa House in Kaduna on April 24, 2019.
“Fellow Nigerians, we might recall that the INEC have conducted elections into the two (2) chambers of the representatives of the 9th assembly on the 23rd Feb, 2019. At this moment, permutations are already ongoing for the leadership of the assembly.
“It is against this backdrop that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) presented a zoning arrangement that is sensitive to our National Unity and cohesion, the APC have zoned the House Majority Leader seat to the North West which is the geopolitical zone of our gallant, experienced, dedicated legislator in person of Hon Garba Datti Muhammad Babawo,” the coalition in the text of the briefing signed by its secretary, Comrade Abubakar Danjuma said.
They argued that it is their believe that considering his vast legislative experience, acumen, intellectual sagacity, honesty, objectiveness and education, he is the right man for the position.
“During the 7th Assembly he was the Deputy Minority Whip, a Member of delegation that represented the National Assembly at the inauguration of President Barack Obama of the United States of America, Leader – Nigerian Delegation to the 2012 World Legislators Summit in Rio de Janairo, Brazil, Delegation leader of Nigeria /Turkey parliamentary friendship group, Member of delegation to the conference on the review of the Nigerian Constitution organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London and Member of the National Assembly Delegation to the Spanish Parliament, Madrid at different times to mention but a few.
“It is worthy to note that Hon Garba Datti Muhamad Babawo as a vibrant member, has made valuable contributions to debates on topical national issues on the floor of the house chamber during the life of the 7th Assembly and the 8th Assembly and sponsored or co-sponsored several motions and bills too numerous to mention.
“It is on this note that the Coalition of Civil Organizations in Nigeria and its teeming members from the North West aptly decides to throw its weight and support to Hon. Garba Datti Muhammad Babawo to serve as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives of the 9th Assembly as his choice clearly reflects the federal character as other principal offices have been duly zoned to respective zones for all to be given the sense of National belonging,” the coalition noted.
They pointed out that Hon Garba Datti Muhammad Babawo is an independent minded person that will provide the needed leadership in the senate, build bridges across party lines, instill confidence, motivation and will help the Speaker lead a rancour free House that will be focused on ruling out pragmatic policies and programmes that will assist the executive in discharging their responsibilities, increase funding of the education sector, improve security, bring about peace , accelerate deployment and facilitate economic growth that will translate into citizens prosperity, make Nigeria a favorable and competitive, foreign investment destination, grow local industries and explore our vast mineral deposit to the potential.
“We stand as intellectuals who understand legislative efficiency to support this Honorable personality to be the next Majority Leader of the House of Representatives of the 9th Assembly to the Next Level,” they submitted.