- The Edo state government says the Senate’s directive to Governor Godwin Obaseki is unconstitutional and a flagrant disregard for the principle of separation of powers
- The government claimed enormous political pressure had been brought to bear on the officers and members of the Senate by highly placed and powerful persons
- The Senate was accused of having very scant regard for the principle of separation of powers
- The state government, however, insisted that such illegality will not stand
The resolution of the Senate directing the Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the state House of Assembly has been described as unconstitutional and a flagrant disregard for the principle of separation of powers, by the Edo state government.
The state government, in a statement signed by its secretary, Osarodion Ogie, on Tuesday, July 30, advised “powerful persons not be allowed to set our state ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control,” Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Ogie declared that the “illegality will not stand”.
The statement read: “The Edo state government watched with alarm today as the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a step that was not totally unexpected, purported to pass a resolution in the following terms: – Directing the governor of Edo state to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the Edo state House of Assembly, and ordering a fresh inauguration of the Edo state House of Assembly within one (1) week from the date of the said resolution.
“As earlier mentioned, this move was not unexpected in the light of the enormous political pressure which had been brought to bear on the officers and members of the distinguished Senate by the highly placed and powerful persons who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo state.
“This is borne out by the recorded statements made by one Seid Oshiomhole (a member-elect and younger brother of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Adams Oshiomhole) wherein he boasted that both the Senate president, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, have been instructed on what to do in this matter.”
The statement added: “The government of Edo state wishes to observe that the chairman and members of the ad-hoc committee of the Senate which visited Edo state were made aware of the existence of at least three (3) suits pending before various courts wherein the factual and legal dispute regarding the Edo state House of Assembly inauguration have been submitted to the courts by both contending parties for resolution.”
According to the state government, “It is unfortunate that the distinguished Senate would act in flagrant breach of these various court orders and purport to come to factual and legal conclusions concerning a matter in which the parties are already before the courts and therefore subjudice.
“We are also concerned that the members of the distinguished Senate appear to have very scant regard for the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution which is manifested by their taking over the functions of the judiciary in dispute resolution and giving directives to a governor of a state who is certainly not subject to the supervision of the National Assembly.
“The Edo state government maintains that there is nowhere in the constitution particularly Section 11(4) which enables the National Assembly to “take over” any House of Assembly or in this respect, the Edo State House of Assembly.”
The SSG continued: “The government of Edo state firmly believes that our state is not a colony or a vassal of any person or persons exercising power in Abuja and we shall take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to defend and validate our position and actions on this matter.
“We call on all persons of goodwill to call the powerful wielders of “power and authority” in Abuja and elsewhere to refrain from acts which are clearly unconstitutional, undemocratic and a flagrant disrespect for the principle of due process and separation of powers.
“These powerful persons should not be allowed to set our state ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control. As we have always maintained on this subject: – This illegality will not stand!”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Senate, on Tuesday, gave a verdict on the crisis rocking the Edo state House of Assembly where an alleged minority number of members were inaugurated, following a proclamation by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Senate, in its verdict, ordered the governor to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the seventh session of the Assembly.
The red chamber of the National Assembly also gave a week for its decision to implemented by the governor as the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the legislative chamber was not in a rush to take over the activities of the state legislature.
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