Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, urged the two governors of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, and Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, to resolve the crises that have engulfed the respective Houses of Assembly in their states immediately.
The lawmaker asked the duo to reversal their proclamations of the Houses of Assembly in both states as well as the elections of principal officers, stressing that illegality cannot thrive on the altar of perceived personal ego and interest.
The Chairman of speakers warned strongly that the body would not recognize any Speaker of a state legislature that emerges through fraudulent means or violation of the Constitution and Business Rules of the affected House of Assembly as the organization will not condone illegality.
In a statement he signed by Obasa admonished the governors to adhere to the Nigerian constitution as well as the rules of the Houses of Assembly, which also stipulate how principal officers should emerge.
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa also noted that no society can progress when its stakeholders are at daggers-drawn.
The speaker frowned at the drama that happened recently in the Edo state Assembly where nine members would elect the principal officers in a 24-member
Also in Bauchi, 11 out of the 31 elected members of the ninth House of Assembly also elected principal officers in a“questionable manner.”
“A situation where a minority number in a State House of Assembly takes control of its activities over the majority is condemnable.” He said
“No lover of democracy in the country should support the charade that happened recently at both Houses of Assembly. If we must make progress in our democracy, we must work in an atmosphere of peace, love and unity.” He enthused
“We must also all call on the governors to do the needful by reversing their actions and acting in accordance with the laws backing up the legislative arms of the affected states,” the Speaker said.”
Obasa referred to the constitution, that even though Section 92(1), Chapter V of the 1999 Constitution simply states that there shall be a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of a House of Assembly who shall be elected by the members of the House from among themselves, Section 98(1 and 2) clearly stipulates that voting must be by simple majority from the members.
Specifically, Section 98(2) expressly sates that: “Except as otherwise provided by our Constitution, the required majority for the purpose of determining any question shall be a simple majority.” He submitted
Obasa also reacted to the court injunctions from the court secured by the 11 members of the Bauchi House of Assembly stopping the majority in the House from parading their elected Speaker and Deputy.
Obasa cautioned the Judiciary against unnecessarily meddling in the affairs of the State House of assembly (Legislature); they should strengthen our democracy rather than doing the opposite.