Reps, Senate on warpath over Edo Assembly crisis

The House of Representatives is allegedly not happy with the decision of the Senate to set up a parallel probe into the crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly.

It was learnt that the House, which claims to have started the move to resolve the crisis, is gearing up for a fight with the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

As the House on Wednesday adopted the report by its ad hoc committee set up to probe the crisis, following a fact-finding visit to the state, the panel constituted by the Senate visited the state on the same day for the same purpose.

The state Assembly was inaugurated in controversial circumstances on June 17 after nine out of 24 members-elect elected Frank Okiye as Speaker at 9pm.

The House of Representatives, acting on a motion moved by a member from Edo, Julius Ihonvbere, last week set up the Abdurazak Namdas-led panel to probe the crisis and make recommendations.

Speaking with our correspondent on Friday, Namdas said the resolutions by the lower chamber of the National Assembly were not binding until they were concurred with or harmonised with those of the upper chamber

When asked why the National Assembly did not constitute a joint committee to avoid a parallel probe, he said, “The House and the Senate are two different chambers. If the assignment was given by the House, I cannot wait for the Senate. There is a practice in the National Assembly. The House started the probe. If that is the case, why shouldn’t the Senate wait for us to lay our report and just concur with it?

“It was the House that first started the probe. If that was so and we are all National Assembly; I don’t want us to be trading blame, but it is the House that started the process.”

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