A Federal High Court in Abuja has slammed an order on the Senate and the House of Representatives to put the brakes on their plan to take over the legislative duties of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The order comes on the same day President Muhammadu Buhari said that he will work with the relevant constitutional bodies to resolve the crises rocking the Houses of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo states.
Recall that the two houses of the National Assembly had declared intention, before going on recess, to take over the powers of the Edo Assembly if Governor Godwin Obaseki did not issue a fresh proclamation order.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo Wednesday ordered that the Edo State Government and the National Assembly to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the suit by the State government challenging the powers of the federal lawmakers.
President Buhari spoke of his intention when members of the Bauchi House of Assembly as well as other stakeholders in the State.
“I am aware of the problem in Edo and Bauchi states and I try to appreciate my position as the President, the political situation vis a vis the constitution of our country, the role of the commissioners of police and the party. I always like to be on the side of the constitution,” President Buhari said.
He promised to liaise with the Minister of Justice when sworn in, and the Inspector General of Police, to ensure that the rights of the constituencies and individuals were not abused in any form.
The President however urged the members not to give up their rights and the rights of those who elected them, charging them not to compromise on their individual integrity so as not to divide the House and the party.
He advised them to stay firm, bearing in mind their responsibilities to their constituencies and always keep the party in the State and at the centre informed.
The party members led by the Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had briefed the President on events leading to the crisis in the House.