Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on the media and Nigerians to focus on the rule of law as the heart of the issue in the crisis in Edo and Bauchi state Houses of Assembly.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu made the call at a press briefing at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
Mr Issa-Onilu while stating that APC is not in support of any form of impunity irrespective of whether it happened in an APC state added that the right questions ought to be asked regarding the crisis in both Houses of Assembly.
“There should be no attempt to divert attention, the issue is strictly the rule of law and I think the media should champion the rule of law and if the media will champion the rule of law then the basic question should be asked and in the case of Bauchi and Edo what are the questions? The question is; was there a proper proclamation by the governor over Bauchi, over Edo, did they do that? If they didn’t then the whole country championed by the Media should insist on that minimum,” he said.
The APC Spokesman added that his party is in support of the National Assembly intervening in the crisis of both states.
“As to what should happen, the National Assembly is clearly empowered, in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is not able to conduct its business, the law is clear on what should be done,” he said.
It would be recalled that in June, in Bauchi state, Northeast Nigeria, where the governor is from the Peoples Democratic party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress APC is majority in the House of Assembly, two Speakers of the state assembly emerged, while in Edo state, Southern Nigeria, which is an APC state in both executive and legislative arms, only Nine members out of 24 members were seating when the assembly was inaugurated and its leaders elected.