The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Baba Tela Should Be Confirmed As Acting Governor In Accordance with Section 190 of The 1999 Constitution (As Amended) or Else!
Upon the unfortunate situation that behalfs the people of Bauchi State, where the amiable state governor tested positive to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), one expect him to immediately transmit a letter to the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly to confirmed his Deputy to stands in as the Acting Governor in accordance with the letter and spirit of section 190 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended). Where it unambiguously provides thus:
“(1) Whenever the Governor is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, he shall transmit a written declaration to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to that effect, and until he transmits to the Speaker of the House of Assembly a written declaration to the contrary, the Deputy Governor shall perform the functions of the Governor as Acting Governor.
(2) In the event that the Governor is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in subsection (1) of this section within 21 days, the House of Assembly shall, by a resolution made by a simple majority of the vote of the House, mandate the Deputy Governor to perform the functions of the office of the Governor as Acting Governor, until the Governor transmits a letter to the Speaker that he is now available to resume his functions as Governor.”
As we wish the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammed (Kauran Bauchi) the quickest of recovery in the best interest of the good people of Bauchi State, let me use this opportunity to call on the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, to advise the people concern to do the needful. As it is always better late than never!
Note: Failure to do this will render every decision made in the absent of the Governor as a nullity, as that will remain a flagrant disregard to the constitution. May God forbids that to happen in Bauchi State, Nigeria considering our level of political advancement.
Long Live Bauchi!
Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
Barr S. G Idress (Idrees Gambo)
S. G Idress & Co. (Al-Mufeed Law Firm)
Bauchi, Bauchi State.