Yobe Speaker I Defeated Got Me Arrested During Ramadan – Lawmaker-Elect
A 34-year-old lawmaker-elect, Lawan Musa Majakura has revealed the Yobe State House of Assembly Speaker, Ahmed Mirwa Lawan arrested him after criticising him for alleged poor representation.
Majakura, who is a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defeated the speaker in a heated election contest to represent the Nguru II constituency of Nguru Local Government Area.
He scored 6,648 votes, to defeat Mirwa, who scored 6,466 votes.
The lawmaker-elect in an interview with Daily Trust revealed how he was arrested on two occasions.
He said, “Actually, I was arrested two times. One of them was from a politician in the APC before I left the party after I criticised him on Facebook. He told the police to arrest and detain me for five days.
“The second one was from the Speaker, whom I defeated. I criticised him for poor representation and I was arrested and detained for 48 hours. It was last year during Ramadan.
“They arrested me for standing with my people. For example, whenever I heard that the state government approved a constituency project for state lawmakers, I used to verify where our own was executed and if it had any impact on our society. These were among the questions I used to ask myself. I even followed them to make sure the project was done. So I used to criticise him whenever I discovered that we had a problem he could solve but he failed to do so. And I would criticise with facts.”