Abdulrazak Namdas Mato's allegation about speaker untrue - Reps spokesman

He stressed that if Mato had met the requirements, she would have been sworn in without hesitation or delay.

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Abdulrasak Namdas

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Spokesman of the House of Reps, Abdulrazak Namdas, has denied allegations that the speaker, Yakubu Dogara refused to swear in new Benue rep, Dorathy Mato over gender bias.

Namdas made this known following Maureen Acka's comment on why Mato was not sworn in by the speaker after allegedly fulfilling all details.

He stressed that if Mato had met the requirements, she would have been sworn in without hesitation or delay.

Namdas said: “It’s not true that the speaker has refused to swear her in because she is a woman.

“A colleague of mine from Adamawa state lost his seat after a court of appeal ruling. He was replaced by a woman named Talatu, she was sworn in immediately.

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“So, you can see it is not an issue of gender bias. I know, as a matter of fact, that if there is any pronouncement by the court, there are also some processes you have to undergo in the house before you are sworn in.

“I’m not aware that that has been done. I have to look at it well. If all the necessary things have been done, I don’t think there is any reason that she will not be sworn in.

Maureen Acka, a Benue lawmaker had said Mato wasn't sworn in by Dogara on Thursday, July 6, 2017 because of sheer gender bias.