Sequel to the protest that held in the National Assembly, by 14 Edo State House of Assembly Lawmakers, demanding the House of Representatives to take over the running of the State Assembly, the Green Chamber has set up a 13-member ad-hoc Committee to investigate the crisis.
It could be recalled, that 24 members of the Edo State Assembly are all from the All Progressives Congress (APC), but due to the fallout between the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the National Chairman of the APC and former Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole, 9 of them allegedly prompted by the State Governor, clandestinely met at night, to ‘inaugurate’ the House and ‘elect’ a Speaker.
The other Lawmakers-elect were reportedly said to be excluded, in order to prevent Mr. Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the Legislature.
TOS TV gathered that during the plenary, on Tuesday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) as the Chairman of the ad-hoc Committee.
The motion for the House intervention followed a unanimous adoption of a motion under matters of urgent national importance brought by Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo), at plenary, on Tuesday.
Mr. Ihonvbere expressed concern over what he described as the improper inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly, on June 17, 2019.
He said that 9 of the 24 elected Members were purportedly sworn-in without the knowledge of the other 15 members elect.
The Lawmaker, stated that proclamations were made pursuant to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
He noted that section 105 (3) directs the Governor to issue a proclamation to facilitate the inauguration of the House of Assembly and commencement of legislative business, to avoid a constitutional crisis.
The Lawmaker, alleged that four Members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly were abducted by State Operatives. “The Clerk of the House secretly inaugurated 9 Members, at about 9:30pm, which he said was outside the time of legislative business.”
He added that the 15 Members-elect who were not informed of the inauguration, addressed the Media, on June 18, to condemn the act.
He maintained that legislative activities cannot take place in the State, unless a proper inauguration is done, as guaranteed by the Constitution.
In his response, the Speaker mandated the Committee to investigate the matter and report back within one week.