House Of Reps. Leadership Crisis Laid To Rest

HouseThe leadership crisis which has delayed the composition of the principal officers of the House of Representatives appears to have been laid to rest as some members who were hitherto opposed to the emergence of Honorable Yakubu Dogara sheath their swords.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja to announce their acceptance of Mr Speakers nomination to various principal offices in the green chamber, Honorable Abdulmumini Jibril and Parley Iriase said that their decisions were influenced by the desire for a united political party.

The lawmakers also commended both President Muhamadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara for the way they conducted themselves while the disagreement lingered.

The new House composition has Honourable Pally Iriase as Chief Whip, Honourable Alhassan Doguwa as House Leader and Honorable Buba Jibrin and Chika Okafor as Deputy Leader and Chief Whip respectively.

PDP Blames House of Reps Fracas On Buhari

pdpIn reaction to the lingering leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly, the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has placed the blame on the President’s doorsteps.

The House of Representatives plenary session had on Thursday degenerated into a free-for-all fight as the lawmakers struggle for the principal positions in House.

The PDP feels President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for the ugly situation that played out in the lower chamber on Thursday as he lacks the democratic credentials to put a rein on his party.

The PDP claims that the disagreement and violent reactions is a subject of a script orchestrated and acted by some members of the APC.

The PDP also said “the continued confusion in the APC-led government is a confirmation … That the APC lacks the capacity and democratic discipline to effectively steer the ship of the nation and face the challenges of governance at the centre.”

The party shared these views in a statement by National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

“The barbaric attempt to physically assault a duly elected Speaker, seize the mace, the authority of the House, is a direct attack on the Nigerian parliament which embodies the supremacy of the people and our freedom as a democratic nation” the PDP said.

“We state unequivocally that the onus lies on President Buhari to ensure that all democratic institutions are harnessed for effectiveness, a responsibility he has apparently abdicated by allowing his personal interest to instigate division in the parliament, a tendency that poses great threat to the survival of our democracy and the stability of the nation.”

The PDP, however, singled out the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, for commendation.

They acknowledged his comportment and “statesman-like remarks” after the rowdy incident, urging him to continue to display maturity and not yield any ground in his duties to protect the independence of the legislature.

Court Refuses Order Of Stay Of Proceedings In Ekiti Assembly

fayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application asking that the status quo be maintained in a suit seeking to set aside the notice of impeachment served on Governor Ayodele Fayose and his deputy for alleged misconduct.

At the resumed hearing of a suit filed by the PDP lawmakers, lawyer to the APC-led factional speaker, Mr Terrence Vembe, told the court that even though he was ready to challenge the motion, the court should take judicial notice that the said application was served on a public holiday and as such, he was still within time to argue his case.

The court agreed with the counsel to the plaintiff that such an application could not be made orally.

The court also refused an order by the counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ahmed Raji, asking that all parties in the suit maintain status quo pending a decision on the application.

It advised parties in the case to approach the court, should any of them feel aggrieved by an action prejudicial to the case.

The court adjourned to April 29 for all defendants in the suit to show cause why the orders sought by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to stop the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose should not be granted.

Nineteen Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly had served impeachment notice on Governor Fayose and his deputy for alleged gross misconduct and interference in the running of the state assembly.