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Edo Assembly Crisis Attracts Senate’s Investigation

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The Senate yesterday commenced investigation into the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.
The Senate Ad hoc committee investigating the crisis led by Sen. Abdullahi Sabi (APC Niger) invited 12 out of 24 lawmakers from the state for questioning.
Before the committee went into a closed-door session, the chairman said members would be guided on the area to go into in the matter.
He said: “This committee is only interested in the matter as provided for in the constitution.
“Our interest is to ensure that law and order prevail in Edo State House of Assembly.
“We won’t go into the areas of judicial jurisdiction, but areas spelt out by the senate.
Sen. ChukwukaUtazi (PDP Enugu) in his remarks also noted that the committee is not going to encroach on the functions of the court in the process of carrying out its duty.
Earlier, Mr Washington Osifo , who led the lawmakers before the committee urged the Senate to save democracy in Edo.
Osifo narrated how Gov. Godwin Obaseki allegedly denied them in partaking in the state assembly inauguration.
The legislator also alleged that they were eventually arrested and detained by the security agents on June 18.
He urged the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, invoke its powers as enshrined in the constitution and save democracy in Edo.
“Though this is APC family affair but we need an arbiter from outside the family to resolve this matter.
“The world is watching us. We are urging the Senate to help us invoke the power and spirit of the constitution to save the situation.
“We want to go back to Edo and do our work as elected lawmakers of our people.
“On June 7, the 8th Edo State House of Assembly came to an end, and in accordance with section 105 (3) of the constitution, the governor is expected to issue a proclamation but he refused to do so and said he would do it at a convenient time.
“Gov. Obaseki ordered that we should be arrested and detained on June 18, 2019 and after our release we have been living in Abuja.
“Abuja is no longer safe for us, we want to go back to our habitat. Our constituents are being denied adequate representation at home.
“We were not part of the inauguration, no message was communicated to us that it was eventually going to take place,” he said.
President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan on July 10, set up an ad hoc committee to look into the crisis and make recommendations.
The decision followed a point of order raised by Sen. OpeyemiBamidele (APC Ekiti) calling on the Senate to wade into the crisis and prevent further developments.

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Insecurity: Rep Urges nass To Begin Buhari’s Impeachment

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A federal lawmaker from Rivers State, Hon. Kingsley Chinda has called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising cases of insecurity across the country.
Chinda, who represents Obio/Akpo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives made the call during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He said the call for impeachment proceedings against the number one citizen became imperative due to growing concerns of insecurity and the lack of basic amenities under the President Buhari led government; adding that the powers of the national legislature was not to call for the President’s resignation, but to immediately commence proceedings for his impeachment.
“I am not mincing words. I said the powers of the National Assembly is not to call for resignation, but to commence impeachment. So I support the move for commencement of impeachment of the President.
“I have said this years back. I didn’t say it today and that is why I keep quiet and watch when people are talking about resignation because I know that like Senator Sani said, what they are doing now is to use perfume, deodorant in an attempt to perhaps kill insects. It doesn’t work,” he said.
Hon. Chinda said the calls for the resignation of Mr. President and the Service Chiefs was not necessary, noting that the way to go is for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings.
“President will not resign. Service Chiefs will not resign. National Assembly should commence impeachment,” he stated, urging the apex administration to redeem its image by stepping up its efforts in improving security and assure Nigerians of their safety.

 

By: Dennis Naku

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Oshiomhole Should Inform Us Of His Visit To Edo – Obaseki

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, must inform him before coming to the state, as a matter of courtesy.
Obaseki said this when former president, Goodluck Jonathan, visited him at the government house.
Addressing journalists, Obaseki said it was sad that a former governor of the state and allegedly suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Oshiomhole, disregarded protocol anytime he visited the state.
Obaseki said, “It is really sad that someone who has been governor of the state is visiting the state and does not realise that courtesy demands he should inform the incumbent governor or other government apparatus of his visit. He doesn’t inform the chief executive who is in charge of his security when he is in the state.
“As someone who has served the country, courtesy demands that you inform the governor of the state that you are coming and if you have time during the visit, you can pay him a courtesy call. It is really sad and unfortunate that people who have served the state and who should know better behave the way they do, with impunity and lawlessness.”

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‘APC No Longer Functional Political Party’

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The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has described his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a political party that is no longer functional due to its inability to hold regular meetings of its constitutional organs as provided by law.
He also blamed part of the crisis in the APC on its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accusing him of being the accuser, prosecutor and judge in most of the disputes afflicting the party.
“The hard truth is that as it stands today, APC is not a functional political party. None of its organs at any level is meeting as provided in the party’s constitution.
‘’It is even debatable if our membership register exists. At best, it will be the same old 2015 membership register,” he said, yesterday.
Efforts to reach Oshiomhole for reaction, last night, proved abortive, as his mobile phone could not be accessed.
In a lengthy memo to the Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee, Lukman also traced the genesis of the crisis in the party to the processes leading to the 2015 general election.
He said: “Part of the components of the contributions of the APC to Nigeria’s democracy include that the problem of imposition of candidates in elections were minimised considerably within the APC, at least in the 2015 elections. Unfortunately, that is where our problems started.
“Contestants in party primary election failed to develop the needed sportsmanship to accept results. The old habits of aspiring candidates taking over leadership structures of the party and through that therefore predetermining results of the primary elections remained the case.”
While he contended that the procedure for maintaining party discipline had been so cheapened, to the extent that the national chairman dominates the whole process, the PGF DG also blamed the chairman for surrounding himself with those he described as sycophants, who he said are mostly from Edo State.
“The crisis in the party is clearly getting worse and worse by the day. It has gotten to a stage whereby the competence of members of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC to provide needed leadership to ensure victory in every election has been eroded.
“We can win election and on account of some inabilities to competently manage legal challenges associated with nomination of candidates, we are compelled to surrender victory to our opponents. This is the narrative of the Supreme Court judgement of February 13, 2020, in respect of November 16, 2019, Bayelsa elections. It was also the case with the May 24, 2019, Supreme Court nullification of the election of all APC candidates in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State.
“In other words, our NWC can be described as a very efficient Trojan horse that opens the backdoor for electoral victory to our political opponents. It is really unfortunate that we are faced with all the avoidable electoral tragedies, all because our NWC has decided to abdicate its responsibility. This is quite disheartening and certainly beyond any expectation.
“How can all these be happening under the watch of Comrade Oshiohmole as the National Chairman? Comrade Oshiomhole’s leadership credentials cannot be disputed. But given what is going on now in APC under his watch, it is very clear that he is not that same Comrade Oshiomhole that was an inspiring union leader who competently handled all organisational leadership challenges to the admiration of Nigerians.
“Part of the problem now is that he is surrounded by sycophants mainly from Edo State. Any attempt to help him through objective advice is condemned as betrayal especially when such advice comes from people who were close to him. Many of those who claimed now to be his supporters and loyalists are people who only relate with him based on his position of power and capacity therefore to influence access to political positions. His success as a leader who is able to direct the party towards electoral victory is never their consideration except if they are the candidates.
“One cannot blame the sycophantic crowd around our national chairman. But I will definitely express my disbelief at the way Comrade Oshiomhole has become all of a sudden, a leader who is intolerant to criticisms. His level of intolerance is so high that any disagreement or criticism expressed against any of his decisions or actions is classified as betrayal and therefore requiring disciplinary actions.
“The procedure for disciplinary actions has become so cheapened such that all the relevant provisions in the party’s constitution are violated. As a result, Comrade Oshiomhole is today the leading accuser, prosecutor and judge in almost all cases where disciplinary actions have been administered in the party. The only probable exception may be the case in his ward in Edo State where he is also being alleged to have been disciplined”, he stated.
Lukman also berated Oshiomhole for his intolerance to criticisms, and listed ways out of the current issues threatening the party.
“With this kind of background, it is almost impossible to start any process of engagement to resolve our problems in the party without addressing the issue of intolerance that is today the main characteristic of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC. This is not in any way questioning the capacity or competence of the Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee.
“No doubt, Chief Bisi Akande is one leader who has all that is required to assist the party and all our leaders to resolve current challenges. In fact, Chief Akande, having led the party, immediately after the merger negotiations that produced the APC in 2013 has everything at stake if the party is allowed to continue to suffer electoral loses simply because our current leaders are intolerant to one another and consequently not able to manage processes of candidate selection within the party.

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