Edo, Bauchi Assembly Crises: Speakers’ Conference Commend NASS Intervention

The Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, and Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, has commended the National Assembly, NASS, for intervening in the crises rocking Edo and Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.

Recall that the Senate and the House of Representatives recently set up committees to investigate the crisis that have affected the effective take-off of legislative activities in the Edo state House of Assembly.

In a statement personally issued on Sunday in Lagos, Obasa said the conference was in support of the recent resolve of the Senate and the House of Representatives to intervene in the squabble at the state assemblies.

The statement read in part: “Every legislature in Nigeria has a House rule that must be followed by members and without undue external interference.

“The Nigerian constitution stipulates how the legislative arm of government should function as well as the role of its members.

“We stand by our position not to recognise any speaker that does not emerge following the business rules of the affected House of Assembly.

“We also call on the ruling political parties in Edo and Bauchi to step into the crises in the states for democracy to thrive.”

Obasa appealed to governors Godwin Obaseki and Bala Mohammed of Edo and Bauchi States, respectively, to respect their limits in relation to the other arms of government in their respective states according to the provisions of the constitution.


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