A crisis seems to be brewing in the Bauchi State House of Assembly as 22 members passed a vote of no confidence on the principal officers of the House citing ineptitude and dereliction of duty as reasons.
The 22 members are also asking the leadership to tender their resignations or face impeachment.
Deputy Majority Leader of the House and member representing Dambam/Dagauda/Jalam constituency, Baballe Mohammed made their positions known while addressing journalists at the end of a meeting of the aggrieved members held on Friday at the Assembly complex.
“After our meeting held today, Friday, 1st July 2022, 22 members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the house from today,” he said.
“We consider that as it is today, there is no leadership in the state house of assembly. I am among the leaders but we feel that it is the right time and we must do it. We have therefore passed a vote of no confidence on all the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly.
“We are calling on the leaders of the Bauchi State House of Assembly to honourably tender their resignation letters to the clerk of the assembly. That will allow the honourable house the opportunity to elect its leaders in order to forge ahead.”
Reacting to the development, Special Adviser on Assembly Liaison to the Governor, Sani Burra said the crisis is an internal affair and he believes that the matter will be resolved amicably among members.
Burra said, “I just want to assure that the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature will continue.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman is in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage.
The Anambra State House of Assembly has mourned one of its members, Okechukwu Okoye, the lawmaker representing Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s constituency.
Okoye was gruesomely murdered after gunmen kidnapped him and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, last week Sunday, along Aguluzigbo road, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state. He represented Aguata 2 Constituency in the Anambra State Assembly.
Seven days after the kidnap, House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor issued a statement where he described Okoye’s death as unfortunate and heartbreaking.
He said the deceased lawmaker was “one of the outspoken and articulated lawmakers,” noting that “the Legislative Institution in the state has lost a quality member in the person of Hon. Okoye.”
While recalling his contributions to the House, the Speaker said other lawmakers will deeply feel his demise as well as miss his sense of humour, hospitality and commitment to duty among other positive attributes.
The Speaker also tasked Governor Chukwuma Soludo with securing lives and properties in Anambra State, urging him not to relent in the state government’s efforts.
He equally called on residents of Anambra State and other well-meaning citizens to join hands with the governor in securing the state.
The House also commiserated with the late Okoye’s immediate family, his kinsman, Governor Soludo and the entire Isuofia community on behalf of the entire legislature enjoining them to take solace in the fact that the short but eventful life of the deceased was full of quality service to God and humanity.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has pledged that the parliament will ensure justice for Bamise Ayanwole.
Miss Ayanwole, a 22-year-old fashion designer went missing on Saturday, February 26, while heading home to Ota from Ajah. She boarded a BRT bus with number 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7 p.m. at Chevron Bus-Stop.
Unfortunately, her body was found dumped by the roadside, and an unidentified man reportedly informed officials of Ebute Ero Police Station on Saturday evening.
Addressing some protesters who stormed the House to urge the lawmakers to act on the case, Obasa sympathised with the family and friends of the victim, saying he and his colleagues were very concerned about the incident.
Zamfara State House of Assembly has directed the state Chief Judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu, to set up an investigative panel on the alleged gross misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.
The House, during its extraordinary plenary, unanimously agreed that the Deputy Governor be investigated for breaching sections 190 and 193 (1), (2) (a)(b)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
18 members, who were present at the plenary, out of the 22 members of the House, voted in favour of the motion and no member voted against the impeachment motion
The only PDP lawmaker representing Zurmi East, Salihu Usman, was not present at the plenary. The Zamfara Assembly, which accused Gusau of abuse of office, also served him an impeachment notice through the Secretary to the State Government.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had in November last year restrained the Zamfara Assembly from any move to impeach the Deputy Governor. The crisis between the Zamfara Assembly and Deputy Governor started a few weeks after the formal defection of Governor Bello Matawalle from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The arraignment of the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun at an Ondo State High Court on Tuesday has been stalled.
This is owing to the absence of the Counsel to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in court
The EFCC had in March 2021 detained Oleyeloogun and the Clerk of the Ondo State House of Assembly, the Lawmaker representing Akoko South-West Constituency 1, Felemu Bankole for alleged N2.4 million fraud.
Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu, has asked the State House of Assembly to obey the court order which restrained the parliament from impeaching him.
The House had earlier invited the deputy governor to appear before it in person on July 27, a move the deputy governor did not honour.
Similarly on Tuesday, the parliament issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the deputy governor appear before it over allegations of official misconduct levelled against him.
The invitation is unconnected with a recently conducted political rally on July 10, amid banditry attacks on Maradun communities within the same period under review.
But addressing reporters in Gusau on Thursday, Aliyu raised an alarm that despite the court order, the lawmakers went ahead by scheduling sitting to proceed with impeachment proceedings, thereby disobeying the directive of the court.
He said he is constrained to draw the attention of the public to what he described as an ugly situation, hoping that well-meaning citizens will call the state lawmakers to order and help them appreciate the need to obey subsisting court order.
“You will recall that the Federal High Court has granted an order directing the maintenance of the status quo ante bellum by the Court on the 19th day of July 2021. The Court Order was served on the Chief Judge of Zamfara State, Zamfara State House of Assembly, and the Governor of Zamfara State,” he said.
“Notwithstanding the service of the said Court Order, Mr Emmanuel C. Ukala SAN and Distinguished Life Bencher wrote a letter to the Honourable Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly drawing the attention of the Speaker and the House of Assembly to the Court Order and the Suit no. FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021: PDP vs. INEC & 5 Others challenging the vires of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, as presently constituted, to commence impeachment or any other proceedings against the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, elected on the platform of the PDP.
“Despite the foregoing state of affairs, the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly and the House of Assembly have now embarked on steps and actions, to over-reach the pending suit, disobey the order of the court and render the effect of the suit nugatory by scheduling a sitting to proceed with impeachment proceedings on Thursday 29th July 2021 (today) against i the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State.
“I am of the honest view that action will be improper, indecorous, in appropriate and unlawful as it constitutes disobedience to court order and will be tantamount to a flagrant breach of the law as enunciated in a host of Supreme Court Cases such as the Supreme Court cases of Vaswani v Savallakh  (PART 2) ALL NLR 438 and Ojukwu v Governor of Lagos State  2 NWLR (PART 10) 106 and Mohammed v. Olawunmi  4 NWLR (PART 287) 254.
“These cases have laid down the principle which has become time honoured and a settled law beyond peradventure that where there is pending application pursuant to an appeal before a court, no action aimed at or capable of foisting on the court a fait accompli and render it decision nugatory should be taken or entertain.
“In fact, the parties should not engage itself in speculation by concluding or assuming that the application before the Court will fail because an action before a court is the civilised way of enforcement and maintenance of legal rights and a person that take that course of action should not be silenced or forced to abandon or renounce his right to complain.
“I am constrained to draw the attention of the public this ugly situation in the matter in the hope that well-meaning citizens and people of goodwill will call the House of Assembly of Zamfara State to order and impress upon them the need to obey the subsisting order of the court and respect the judicial process to exercise restraint and await the outcome.”
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has warned state houses of assembly not to stifle opposition voices, particularly the recent actions of cowing minority leaders in their midst.
Abaribe in a statement released in Abuja by his spokesman, Uchenna Awom on Monday, bemoaned recent happenings in some state assemblies in the country, where minority leaders and opposition party members are hounded as perceived enemies in the performance of their statutory and democratic functions of clear oversight on the executive.
He described as worrisome the recent occurrence in Imo State House of Assembly where the Minority Leader and some other members were suspended in a manner that strongly suggests circumvention of democratic ethos.
“Democracy does not stop at the national level. It must permeate all levels of government i.e, wards, local governments, state and other democratic institutions. In all of these, everybody must enjoy of expression and association as guaranteed by our constitution,” Abaribe said.
“So, it is undemocratic and smirks of dictatorship, any attempt by anybody, particularly a parliament for that matter to abhor minority functions and stifle opposition voices, just because you want to pander to executive whims.
“It is reprehensible to even contemplate suspension of a minority leader because he questions the executive on things that seem to be antithetical to democratic norms.”
The Minority Leader, therefore, advised the State Assemblies to always see every party represented on the floor as partners in progress, whose viewpoints are all geared towards achieving good governance.
He added, “Without dissenting opinions, democracy loses its kernel. The essence of liberal democracy is the accommodation of different viewpoints, which is warehoused in the interplay of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary independently in the political system.”
The Ondo State House of Assembly on Friday passed a bill to regulate security, rearing and grazing of livestock and establishment of ranches.
The Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, Honourable Taofeek Oladele observed that the bill when passed into law will prevent the destruction of farm crops in the state.
Oladele noted that the law will address clashes between herders and farmers, enhance the growth of livestock farming, prevent control and manage the spread of diseases and as well encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry.
After a thorough debate on the bill, it was considered necessary for approval and the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Bamidele Oleyeloogun ruled in favour of the bill after a voice vote.
The lawmakers also passed two other bills into law: the judicial autonomy bill as well as the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill.
A former Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Lubi Akpoebi has died in a road accident.
A former political associate of the late lawmaker who preferred to be anonymous who confirmed the incident to Channels Television on telephone revealed that the accident occurred at Owena, along the Akure/Ondo Highway on Tuesday afternoon.
The source disclosed that the deceased was coming from his hometown in Ese-Odo to Akure, driving alone in the vehicle when the accident happened.
The deceased who is of the Ijaw extraction represented Ese-Odo Constituency at the state assembly. He also held sway as Caretaker Chairman of Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The police authorities in Lagos have recovered a stolen mace from the Ogun State House of Assembly, Abeokuta.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the mace was retrieved at Abule Ado area of the state by operatives attached to the Trade Fair Section.
“The police operatives attached to Trade Fair Station of the Lagos State Police Command today Friday 11th December 2020, recovered the missing mace of the Ogun State House of Assembly at Abule Ado Area of the state at about 8.30 am,” the statement partly read.
“The police operatives, who were responsive, worked on intelligence from the members of the community that someone in a moving vehicle, suspected to be Toyota Siena Space Wagon, threw out an object into the nearby bush and recovered the object which was later identified to be the Ogun State House of Assembly Mace.
“The mace had been allegedly stolen from the House of Assembly complex, Ogun State recently. It has been handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who later instructed the DCP State CID, Lagos State, Yetunde Longe, to protect the mace and liaise with the Ogun State Police Command on the return of the recovered mace to Ogun State.”
The Lagos police boss also pledged to work with the Ogun State Police Command in the investigation into the incident that led to the recovery of the mace.
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has reinstated the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji and two other lawmakers.
The affected lawmakers were recently suspended by the leadership of the House over alleged misconduct.
Apart from reinstating the lawmakers, the court also ordered the House to immediately pay all their entitlements with a sum of N5 million compensation to each of them.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Ademola Bola insisted that it was illegal to prevent an elected legislator from duly representing his or her constituency.
According to Justice Bola, the suspension of the lawmakers violated sections 90, 91, 106 and 117 of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Deputy Speaker and the other two suspended lawmakers were among nine members of the House who declined to sign the impeachment notice of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi two months ago, after the latter defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).