- APC has thrown its weight behind the National Assembly's decision on Edo and Bauchi state houses of assembly
- The NASS had set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the crises rocking both houses of assembly
- Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC's national publicity secretary, said the party is ready to support the NASS on its decision on Edo and Bauchi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed its support for the National Assembly's decision to resolve the crisis in Edo and Bauchi state houses of assembly.
Channels TV reports that the party’s national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this while addressing a news conference on Sunday, July 21, in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the real issue at stake is the alleged deliberate violation of the rule of law by the governors of the affected states.
He said: "There was supposed to be a proper proclamation of the House of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo and in both cases, what happened has fallen short of the expectation. So, do the right thing. You can deal with whoever you think is your problem; that is a different issue.
“Our only concern here is wherever – Edo, Bauchi, anywhere else, rule of law must guide whatever we do. Enough of impunity in the country, and we will not take it.”
The APC spokesman said the party has demanded that the governors of Edo and Bauchi states obey the rule of law by ensuring that their state houses of assembly were properly inaugurated.
He insisted that the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to take over the functions of any state House of Assembly found not capable of performing its functions.
Issa-Onilu explained that the APC aligned itself with the position of the federal lawmakers, stressing that their intervention in the crisis was in line with the constitution.
He said: “What should happen is the National Assembly is clearly empowered in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is incapable of conducting its business.
“The law is clear on what should be done and we are glad to know that the respective chambers are already doing what they need to do.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the chairman of the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Edo House of Assembly crisis, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, on Thursday, July 18, said he and other members of the committee were planning to meet the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
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