Reps orders IGP to close Edo Assembly, orders fresh inauguration – Independent Observers

Reps orders IGP to close Edo Assembly, orders fresh inauguration

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By Andy Chukwu

The House of Representatives has asked Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, to shut the Assembly. and gave a one-week ultimatum to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to issue a fresh proclamation for the Edo State House of Assembly.

This resolution was resolved at during Wednesday plenary when the report of its Ad-hoc Committee mandated to investigate the crises in the state legislature was discussed.

The House of Representatives had set up a 13-member Ad-hoc Committee, headed by Abdulrazak Namdas, to investigate the crises in the Edo State House of Assembly.

The panel in his report to the green chamber made some recommendations.

“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,” part of the recommendation read.

“The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Director-General (DG), Department of State Service 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.”

The panel also recommended that a fresh inauguration be conducted and directed that all actions taken by the current Edo Assembly should be declared null and void.

While adopting the recommendations, the House noted that if nothing positive comes out of it, the National Assembly shall invoke Section 11(4) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) to take over the state Assembly pending the time the crisis is resolved.

The House agreed that where the above recommendations fail, the National Assembly shall invoke the Provisions of Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which empowers it to take over the State House of Assembly until the situation normalizes.

The Edo State House of Assembly has been embroiled in controversies over the ‘inauguration’ and the ‘election’ of a new Speaker for the Edo State House of Assembly.

This development has also lent credence to the existence of a rift between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), and Obaseki.

All the 24 members of the state assembly belong to the APC.

But nine of them, hurriedly met at night to ‘inaugurate’ the House and also ‘elect’ a Speaker. The other lawmakers-elect were allegedly excluded in order to prevent another member favoured by the group from emerging Speaker.   

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