Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has said that the choice of Alhaji Babayo Gamawa, a former Speaker of the state Assembly, as his new deputy, was based on merit.
Speaking at the swearing in of the new deputy, Yuguda described Gamawa as a committed and responsible leader who had the welfare of the people his priority.
The stateâ€™s Chief Judge,Justice Sulaiman Darazo, swore in the new deputy governor, whose immediate predecessor, Alhaji Garba Gadi, was impeached by the Bauchi assembly on Thursday.
Yuguda said that Gamawaâ€™s attributes endeared him to his fellow legislators, whom he carried along in the discharge of his duties as the former Speaker.
Yuguda declared: â€œThe choice of Babayo Gamawa as the new Deputy Governor of the State is therefore based more on merit than any primordial consideration.
â€œBesides being a vibrant young man, Babayo Gamawa has, during the last decade, acquired knowledge and experience in the art of governance.â€
He reminded Gamawa that his appointment as the number two citizen of the state was a challenge as well as an opportunity to further serve the people with all his strength.
â€œI would like to remind you that you have now crossed over from the legislature to the executive arm of government.
â€œYou should therefore shed the garb of a law maker and put on that of a law executor, policy maker and implementer,â€ Yuguda said.