Senate back Reps’ takeover of Kogi House of Assembly

The Senate has agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the Kogi State‎ House of Assembly.

This decision was taken following the adoption of an earlier resolution by the House of Representatives which urged the National Assembly to rescue the Kogi House of Assembly from its present political crisis that has prevented it from performing its legislative responsibilities to the state.

The prayers of the resolution adopted by the Senate read:
“In view of the fact that the Kogi State House of Assembly cannot perform its legislative functions due to intractable crises and volatile security situation in the state, National Assembly hereby invokes the powers conferred on it by Section 11 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly pending the restoration of normalcy in the Assembly.’’

The senators said that they: ‘‘Declare that the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the Kogi State House of Assembly are null and void.

‘‘Condemn the role played by the Nigeria Police in subverting the provisions of the constitution by providing cover for only five members out of the 20 members of the Kogi State House of Assembly to commit illegalities and:

‘‘Direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to seal the Kogi House of Assembly complex until the matter is resolved.‎”

The only attempt by Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) to stop the Senate from concurring with the lower chamber ‎was quickly overruled by Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Melaye had argued that the move to take over the functions of the Kogi State Assembly was pending in court, adding that the Senate should comply with its standing rule and reject the request for concurrence.

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