House Moves To Resolve Edo Assembly Crisis
The House of Representatives has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation to convene the 9th Edo state assembly.
The federal lawmakers added should the governor fail to carry out the order within the stipulated time, they may have to take over the functions of the state lawmakers.
Naija News recalls that two different factions of the state lawmakers are parading themselves as authentic and every effort to reconcile the differences has so far proved abortive.
An ad hoc committee set up by the House of Reps, which is headed by AbdulRasak Namdas to investigate issues surrounding the crisis rocking the state assembly submitted its report on Wednesday and it was adopted by the committee of the whole chaired by Ahmed Wase.
The decision of the committee of the whole was subsequently adopted by the House.
The House, therefore, resolved as follows: “That the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in the interest of peaceful coexistence of the State, should issue a fresh Proclamation within One (1) week in line with Section 105(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of. Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) stating the date, time and venue and publish in any National Daily and Television Station;
“That all actions taken by the 9th Assembly Members should be declared null and void pending proper inauguration;
“That all Members of the Edo State House of Assembly, both those who have been , inaugurated and those who have not been inaugurated should dissolve their factions in the interest of peace and stability of the House with the view to moving the State forward;
“That the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General (DG), Department of State Services should shut down the Edo State House of Assembly and provide adequate security to allay further fears of intimidation and threat as alleged by Members-elect;
“That where recommendations (1) (ii) and (tit) above fail, the National Assembly should invoke the Provisions of Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to take over the State House of Assembly until the situation normalizes.”