Edo State Files Suit Stopping National Assembly From Taking Over State Assembly


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Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor

The Edo state House of Assembly has filed a suit against the National Assembly stopping it from taking over its legislative activities.

Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-general of police, and been instructed by the House of Representatives to shut the state assembly because of the crisis that brewed, following the inauguration of some lawmakers loyal to the governor.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, was also given a week ultimatum to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the state assembly, although he refused to follow the directive.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019 which was filed at the federal high court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday by Francis Okiye, the speaker, and the state assembly, the plaintiffs asked Nkeonye Maha, justice of the court, to restrain the national assembly from going ahead with its plans pending the hearing on the matter.

Defendants in the suit include Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the clerk of the national assembly (first defendant), and the national assembly of the federal republic of Nigeria (second defendant).

The matter was first brought before Maha on July 23, but was later adjourned to July 31, for hearing since the parties were yet to be served.

Ola Olanipekun, the lead counsel to the plaintiffs, however, informed the court that after the defendants had been properly served as ordered by the court, the senate still went ahead and passed a resolution for the takeover of the assembly if the governor fails to comply with its resolution.

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Olanipekun also stated that the defendants, through their lawyers, had on Tuesday served the plaintiffs a counter affidavit to their motion and written address and also filed a memorandum of conditional appearance.

The case was adjourned until August 7, to enable the complainants to respond to the counter-affidavit and written address filed by lawyers to the national assembly.

All the parties were urged by the Judge to respect the sanctity of the court as the matter was still pending in court.