Honorable Ibrahim Babangida Mahuta represents Kafur/Malumfashi Federal Constituency of Katsina State is the chairman House of Representatives Committee on Finance. In his interview with Daily Trust, he explains the misunderstanding between him and his state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.
When he was asked to comment on reports going round that he is not in good terms with the executive Governor of Katsina state, he answered in affirmative and further explained as follows:
“To be very honest, I think the whole crisis started during the leadership election in the House. During that time, there were a lot of claims by some people that the party directed members to go on a particular direction. We tried as much as possible to have an interaction with the party, but there was no any resolution presented to us that it has resolved on where we should go.
What was obtainable was that a party would zone the positions. That’s the best to do. But the party cannot present somebody’s name and insisted on it. It wasn’t even the party that did that. For any decision to be taken, the National Working Committee of the party must pass a resolution.
We believed we owed a duty to our members to comply with the standing rules of the House in terms of election of the presiding officers. Along the line, the controversy continued and we had to hold series of meetings with the party leadership, and we told them the truth. Even if the party had a candidate, it could lobby for such person, but there was nothing like that. If you notice, we never had issues since the House took off.
When he was further asked about how did that affected his relationship with the governor, the suspended law maker stated that: “I was told my governor said we should go for another candidate, but nobody told me. I even told the governor this. It was only two of us from Katsina State that voted for Dogara out of 15.
Basically, my relationship with the governor has been very cordial. But the problem is the people around the governor. Their understanding was that if I come closer to the governor, they won’t get what they’re supposed to get. Most of them are people that we contested election together and later supported my opponent. They try as much as possible to say I said different things against the governor.”