The Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has reiterated that the body would not recognise any speaker that does not emerge through the following of the affected House of Assembly rule, saying that the body is not interested in whoever that emerges as Speaker of a State Assembly.
Obasa, in a statement he personally signed and made available to Assembly Correspondents in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, stated that every legislature in the country has a House rule that must be followed by members and without undue external interference.
The Speaker further noted that the Nigerian constitution stipulates how the legislative arm of government should function as well as the role of its members.
Obasa added “The Speakers’ conference is not concerned about who becomes the speaker of a state Assembly but the process through which such an individual emerges must be in line with the rule of law”
The Lagos Speaker appealed to the governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, and his counterpart in Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, to know their limits in relation to the other arms of government in their states as dictated by the constitution.
Obasa stressed “We stand by our position not to recognise any speaker that does not emerge following the business rules of the affected House of Assembly.
“We also call on the ruling political parties in Edo and Bauchi to step into the crises in the states for democracy to thrive,”
He commended the National Assembly over its decision to investigate the crisis at the Edo and the Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.
Obasa said the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures welcomes the recent resolve of the Senate and the House of Representatives to intervene in the squabble at the State Assemblies.
It would be recalled that the Senate and the House of Representatives recently set up committees to investigate the crisis that have affected the effective take-off of legislative activities in the Edo state House of Assembly.
The 13-man ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives is chaired by Abdulrazak Namdas, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Adamawa state while that of the Senate is headed by Aliyu Sabi from Niger.