Faced with imminent disgrace and public odium, the national Assembly, Senate and House of Representatives have decided to play down the one week order they gave to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over the lingering squabble between members and members elect of the State House of Assembly.
It will be recall that the senate last Tuesday issued an unpopular order, directing the state governor to issues fresh ‘proclamation’ to the Clerk for a repeat of the inauguration of the 7th Assembly. The Governor subsequiently rejected the order of both the senate and House of Representatives, and reaffirmed his earlier foreclosure of the prospect to write fresh ‘proclamation’.
Apart from the Governor, several stakeholders came down heavily on the Ahmed Lawan led senate and Femi Gbajabiamila’s Green Chamber. Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark referred to the resolution and order as “invitation to anarchy”, after his similar warning to the House of Representatives on the proceeding week.
However, the senate started showing signs of battle fatigue last Sunday when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, told our reporters that “the latest development did not warrant any urgent need to reconvene in order to review the one-week ultimatum, which expires on Tuesday.”
Nigerians will recall that the upper chamber had last Tuesday given a week ultimatum to Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation letter for the ‘proper inauguration’ of the 7th Edo Assembly or risk the takeover of the parliament by the National Assembly.
The Edo State House of Assembly took further steps to scuttle the takeover plans and secured a perpetual injunction against major actors in the Six weeks old trouble. On the strength of the suit, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt restrained Governor Obaseki, the leadership of Senate and House of Representatives, the Police and State Security Services and others to maintain status quo until the final determination of the suit.
The court decision which is the second in a row, is a major set back to NASS and their sponsors, including the implementation of their resolution.
An obviously distruct Adeyeye quipped that even though the Edo Assembly crisis was very important and a threat to democracy but was however not an urgent matter that could not wait till the lawmakers would resume next month – September.
“The leadership of the Senate will review the issue at the end of the one-week ultimatum issued to the Edo State Governor in view of the court order.
“We were mindful of the fact that we were going on recess when we issued that ultimatum. However, I see no reason for any hurried reconvening simply for that matter since we are resuming next month.” The senate spokesman concluded.
The present lack of interest by NASS is obviously a major set back to the 12 fleeing members elect who are obviously weary of life in self-exile.
They also stand the risk of having their seats declared vacant by the House after 100 consecutive absence from sitting, in line with the1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended.
As at the time of going to press, Midwest Herald reliably learnt that the former governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is presently seeking “peaceful resolution of the stalemate he created in the House.” His appeal may fall on deaf ears because from all indications, those he has reached are doubting his sincerity.