How I’ll resolve Bauchi, Edo Assembly crisis – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday promised that he will work with the relevant constitutional bodies to resolve the crisis rocking the Houses of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo states.
He urged the members not to give up their rights and the rights of those who elected them.
The President also charged them not to compromise on their individual integrity so as not to divide the House and the party.
Buhari spoke while receiving members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and other stakeholders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said: “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,”
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 also 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.
The 17 aggrieved APC members of Bauchi State House of Assembly who were sworn into office last Friday following a reconciliation with their colleagues, have however made u-turn and renounced their inauguration, after meeting with President Buhari.
The lawmakers were led to the meeting with the President by Hon. Kawuwa Shehu Damina, who had earlier laid claim to the Speakership of the State Assembly until he and his aggrieved colleagues sheathed their swords and accepted Abubakar Suleiman, who was elected by 11 members at a previous inauguration of the House, as Speaker.
The 31-member Bauchi Assembly is comprised of 22 APC Members; eight People’s Democratic Party members and eight New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) members.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting with Buhari, the lawmakers said they no longer abide by the reconciliation they reached with their colleagues and the State Governor, five days earlier.
Speaking on their behalf, Damina said they now demand a fresh proclamation for another inauguration of the State Assembly, so that a new Speaker can be elected.
Damina said: “The purpose of our coming to see Mr. President is at the instance of our party. So we came to brief him on what is happening in the Bauchi State House of Assembly since the purported inauguration which as you are all aware, two leaderships emerged. Primarily he (the President) was fully briefed directly from us.”