- President Muhammadu Buhari has signaled his intention to intervene in the Bauchi and Edo state Houses of Assembly crisis
- The president promised to liaise with the minister of justice, when sworn in, and inspector general of police to ensure that there is no abuse, in any form, of the rights of the constituencies and individuals
- Following a meeting with the president, the factional leader of the Bauchi Assembly, Kawuwa Damina, said the APC members in the House had reverted to their position of not allowing minority rule over the majority
- Damina insisted that the right thing based on constitutional provisions should be done
President Muhammadu Buhari has signaled his intention to intervene in the Bauchi and Edo state Houses of Assembly crisis, promising to ensure fair play and justice.
The president gave the signal when he received in audience, members of the Bauchi House of Assembly as well as other stakeholders in the state at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, August 7, Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the president said he would work with the relevant constitutional bodies to resolve the crises rocking both assemblies.
The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying: “I am aware of the problem in Edo and Bauchi states and I try to appreciate my position as the president, the political situation vis-a-vis the constitution of our country, the role of the commissioners of police and the party.
"I always like to be on the side of the constitution.”
Led by the All Progressives Party (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party members briefed the president on events leading to the crisis in the House.
The president promised to liaise with the minister of justice, when sworn in, and inspector general of police to ensure that there is no abuse, in any form, of the rights of the constituencies and individuals.
Buhari, however, urged the members not to divide the House and party by compromising on their individual integrity.
Following the meeting with the president, the 17 APC members in the Bauchi House of Assembly who recently made themselves available for inauguration following an initial refusal, have made a u-turn.
Until a few days ago when they agreed to be inaugurated, the members had rejected what they saw as the imposition of the minority over the majority and had subsequently formed a parallel leadership.
In a move that was seen as the end of the crisis in the House, the factional leader, Kawuwa Damina, led the remaining 16 members to take their oath of office and oath of allegiance.
However, Damina informed State House correspondents, following the meeting with the president, that the APC members have reverted to their position of not allowing minority rule over the majority. He maintained that the faction wanted the right thing to be done in the state legislature.
Damina affirmed that the president had offered to brief the incoming AGF and IGP Mohammed Adamu, to wade into the matter.
Speaking on the current situation in the Assembly, Damina said: “The situation is as it is now. Because in arithmetic, there is nothing that will make 11 to be greater than 20; and later that 11 grew to 13. So that is the position.
“Let me clearly state that this is not about any individual. All that we from the APC are asking for is a sane institution, irrespective of who emerges as a leader.
“All we are saying is that the right thing based on constitutional provisions should be done; with a proclamation issued, specifying the date, time and venue should be announced.
“Once that is done, the election should be conducted and whoever emerges as a leader, fine and good.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja asked parties to a suit challenging the alleged plans by the National Assembly to interfere in the affairs of the Edo state House of Assembly, not to take any further actions.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo who sat as the court’s vacation judge, asked all parties to maintain status-quo and adjourned the hearing until August 22.
The judge said the order was intended to prevent the parties from “foisting on the court, a fait accompli.”
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