OrderPaperToday– The Senate on Tuesday demanded of the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of members of the state house of assembly.
The senators asked that the demand be met within one week.
Presenting a report, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee investigating the crisis, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) recommended the above demand but within a three weeks ultimatum.
But the time frame was adjusted by the Senate leader, Abdullahi Yahaya.
Reacting to the recommendation, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo) opposed the recommendation to take over the state assembly.
Okoroacha said: “It’s looks like we are eager to take over. Looking at the report, it looks like a family affair of APC which leadership of APC should have resolved and not us stepping into the matter that I think we don’t have the jurisdiction to do so.
“There is no proof Edo state house of assembly is not functioning. This matter should not go within the Senate. It is a failure of leadership. It is insulting on the government of Edo state. It is not proper we should look into this before ridiculing ourselves by interfering.”
Senator Samuel Egwu on the other hand raised concerns on the time the proclamation was issued.
Egwu said: “Being a governor does not mean you have to do the wrong thing. From the report of the commissioner of police, something done in the night is a secret and it is not democratic. For me, the governor did a wrong thing.
“The Speaker did something based on instruction from the Governor.”
Senator Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue) pointed out that the constitution does not indicate the time for a proclamation of issued.
In a majority decision however, the senate carried the amended recommendation. Also approved by the chamber is a recommendation that the proclamation be done in print and electronic media platforms.
And in the event that proclamation is not made, the Senate will take over the chamber in one week in accordance to Section 11 (4) of the 1999 constitution.
While putting the recommendations to question for its approval, Senators opposed the the ultimatum given but the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan ruled in affirmation of the given prayer.
In his remarks, Lawan stressed that the Senate was not in a hurry to take over.
He said: “As far as this issue is concerned, it is laid to rest, the Senate has taken a decision. He can bring this point of order at appropriate time if it will do any good.
“This is the highest legislative chamber. When there is misjudgement, there is no how the National Assembly will stay away from it. We are not in a hurry to take over.”
It would be recalled that similar recommendation was made by the House of Representatives on the matter recently.