Speaker, House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal made an appearance to the National Assembly complex on Tuesday, killing speculations that lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would reopen the chamber for business.
Tambuwal was at the complex to inaugurate hearing sessions by Committee on public accounts, working on a “Bill for an Act to Repeal the Audit Act of 1956 and to Re-Enact the Audit Act of 2010…” and Committee on Education. Tambuwal, shorn of his retinue of security detail, drove in a Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle to the place and guarded by a few All Progressives Congress, APC, legislators. At the end of the exercise, Tambuwal visited his office and departed a moment later, but declined speaking to eager journalists.
The speaker is locked in a battle with the PDP over his defection, and for which his security personnel were withdrawn on the orders of the newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Sulaiman Abba.
Tambuwal faulted the IGP’s action, which he is currently challenging in the court, as well as urging restraints against INEC and PDP from either removing him as speaker or declaring his seat vacant.