Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
Borno State House of Assembly yesterday passed a vote of confidence on Governor of the state, Professor Babagana Zulum.
The move was initiated to put to bed a publication that emerged in the week online which falsely claimed there was a rift between the assembly and the governor.
Speaker of the Assembly, AbdulKarim Lawan announced the resolution yesterday at a special meeting held at the Assembly complex in Maiduguri, during which every lawmaker took turn to speak highly of Governor Zulum outstanding performance with projects sited in their constituencies.
The Speaker said the lawmakers were surprised when they saw an online medium reporting the house had contemplated impeaching the governor, who is largely considered a role model of leadership in the state and by many across the country.
He said: “The house has passed a vote of confidence in the leadership style of Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. Ordinarily, the house would not have responded to that malicious report but we felt we should speak in order to avoid innocent members of the general public being misled to believing that totally false story especially considering the fragile security of our state and also the giant strides recorded by Professor Babagana Umara Zulum’s administration in all sectors of the economy.
“Fact is that we have very cordial and harmonious working relationship between all arms of the Borno State Government. There was never any problem let alone so called attempt move to remove our hardworking Governor who built and accelerated people’s confidence in governance.
“The house totally dismiss that news publication, we commend the mainstream media and reputable online media organisations for ignoring that mischief and we strongly call on relevant security agencies to bring to book, the perpetrators of that malicious news report.”
A largely unknown online medium reported on social media that the Assembly had attempted impeaching Zulum weeks back, in what many considered an attempt to stir controversy in Borno and heat up the polity.