Edo Assembly: Court Upholds Obaseki’s Proclamation

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Says National Assembly lacks Jurisdiction to take over Edo Assembly

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt this afternoon upheld the proclamation of the seventh Edo State House of Assembly by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

In the final judgement delivered by Justice J.K Omotosho, the court ruled that a Governor does not have the powers to issue a second proclamation after a first proclamation has been made.

According to Justice Omotosho, the Governor of a state does not take directive from National Assembly, adding that the proclamation issued by Governor Obaseki is valid; to do otherwise is null and void.

He noted that the National Assembly lacks the jurisdiction to take over the Edo State House of Assembly, as doing so will amount to infringing on its right to function.

“Edo State House of Assembly is not an appendage of the National Assembly.” He added.

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