The disquiet which has simmered following the announcement of the Chairmen and Deputies of 96 Standing Committees of the House of Representatives, was brought to fore as one of the Chairmen has rejected his appointment.
Hon. Garba Muhammad Datti, representing Sabon Gari Federal Constituency, Kaduna on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), rejected his appointment as Chairman of the Committee on Solid Minerals Development on the grounds that he was not consulted before the appointment was made.
“I feel as a former principal officer I should have been consulted before my name was announced. I just heard of it on the floor. And I have my own principles. I have decided on my own to withdraw as the Chairman of that committee,” he said.
Datti, who was Deputy Minority Leader in the seventh assembly, added that the decision was personal and not taken based on any external influence. He also expressed confidence in the leadership abilities of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and reiterating his loyalty to the APC.
Hon. Samaila Suleiman (APC Kaduna) has been appointed to replace Datti.
Datti walked out of the chambers after his announcement at plenary on Tuesday, eliciting applause from several members.
THISDAY had reported last week that several members were considering rejecting their appointments.