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APC Crisis: House Of Assembly Know The Law Is Not On Their Side, Says Okiye

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The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Francis Okiye has described the extension of the Ultimatum given by the House of Representatives as “better for us”.

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Francis Okiye has described the extension of the Ultimatum given by the House of Representatives as “better for us”.

Okiye was reacting to a fresh proclamation by the Federal House that the ultimatum has been extended by three weeks.

The speaker reminded the lower chamber of the subsisting restraining order by a Federal High Court.

Edo State House of Assembly
Edo State House of Assembly

Many residents had thronged the House of Assembly since Wednesday hoping to see if the lower house made do with its threat.

However, there is a heavy security presence reported at the Assembly premises.

Reacting to the extension of the ultimatum, Okiye said, “They know the law is not on their side. They claim they are protecting democracy but they are destroying democracy by their actions

“I didn’t want to join issues with the House of Representatives because I see them as our elder brother, but we are guided by the rule of law.

“We are not into any crisis in Edo and we have the capacity to manage ourselves.”

On Friday in Abuja, a member of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Yusuf Gaji said the House needed to harmonise the reports of the two chambers of the National Assembly on the Edo and Bauchi House of Assembly first before taking the next step.

Gaji said: “We gave one week upon which the governor should act, failure of which we would invoke Section 11(4) of the Constitution that donates power to the House of Representatives to do the needful whenever there is a crisis.

“But be that as it may, if you look at the report on Bauchi investigation, there was one item that was added to that of Bauchi: that the House should transmit its recommendations to the Senate.

“In a situation where there are two committees put in place by the House and the Senate, I think the positions need to be put together by the two organs of the National Assembly before any other thing.

“That was why Bauchi gave one month and Mr. Speaker equally ruled that they (Edo State Assembly) should be treated the same way.

“The report of Edo too should be harmonised with that of the Senate, after which we will wait and see if the position of the Senate concurs with that of the House.

“And within the period, from the day the Senate takes a position on these two states, and the governors refuse to act in that direction, definitely we are going to employ the service of Section 11(4) of the Constitution.”

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