William Attah, Gombe
Gombe State has reacted to recent protest by indigenes of Billiri Local Government Area over the delay in announcing the new Paramount traditional ruler three days after a conclusive election.
Addressing the press Thursday morning, Secretary to the Gombe State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, appealed to the people of Billiri to be patient and remain calm as the Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya is still making ‘background check’ as backed by law.
He explained that there was no need for the people to disrupt the peace being enjoyed by blocking a major highway and burning tyres stressing that the Governor was still doing his consultations before the announcement of the new Mai Tangle.
He said, based on the law for the appointment of Emirs and Chiefs 2020, the Governor is expected to receive three names from the from the kingmakers out of which he has the prerogative to choose one out of the three.
According to the SSG, the Governor also has right to make consultations, background checks on who is most suitable especially considering who is most suitable especially, considering who will promote peaceful coexistence in Billiri, not only the Tangale people alone.
He explained that during the election which comprised of nine kingmakers, 18 persons contested with two of the contestants polling two votes each while one of them polled five votes.
He said, the names of the three persons who had votes were the ones submitted to the Governor to who will then approve one among them based on his prerogative powers.
However, our correspondent gathered that the people of Billiri whose protest continued till Thursday morning had earlier suspected what many described as a subversion of the wishes of people when news filtered the air that the contestant who polled five votes was not the one approved by the Governor coupled with the fact that it was taking such a long time before the announcement.
As at the time of filing this report, the State Deputy Governor was chairing a high powered security meeting following the high level tension generated by the protest.