Senate wades into Edo Assembly crisis, sets up probe panel

Senate wades into Edo Assembly crisis, sets up probe panel

- Senate has waded into the crisis rocking the Edo state House of Assembly

- Some lawmakers believed to be loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki had on June 17, inaugurated the assembly after blocking other members loyal to Oshiomhole

- The House of Representatives had said it would take over the Edo Assembly amid the crisis

Nigeria's apex legislative chamber, the Senate, has set up committee to probe the crisis rocking Edo state House of Assembly.

The Nation reports that the committee was set up on Wednesday, July 10.

Legit.ng gathered that members of the committee would work with the House of Representatives committee on the same matter.

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It would be recalled that the House of Representatives said it was considering a motion, which urged its members to take over the functions of the assembly in line with the Constitution.

The motion was brought by Julius Ihonvbere, Peters Akpatason and Johnson Oghuma during plenary by the House of Representatives.

They argued that the action would enable the lawmakers to constitute proper inauguration of the state Assembly.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the speaker of Edo Assembly, Frank Okiye, warned the House of Representatives to steer clear from the state’s activities.

Okiye advised the lower chamber not to get involved in petty politics, adding that the state assembly was duly inaugurated on June 17.

He had said that there was already a court order stopping National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and all other defendants listed from obstructing the duties of members of the assembly.

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The speaker said though the plan by the federal lawmakers to investigate the issue is welcome, the House of Representatives must abstain from being used.

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