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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the threat by the house of representatives to shut down the Edo state assembly.
The Green chamber had asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, to seal up the Edo parliament , pending the time the crisis among the state lawmakers is resolved.
The rivalry between Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, took a new dimension with the legislators splitting into two factions.
Nine lawmakers loyal to Obaseki had elected principal officers and took the oath of office secretly but the 15 lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole had kicked against it, calling for intervention.
But in a statement signed by the National Publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party demand of the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly as “provocative”, saying it has no place in a democratic dispensation.
“The PDP states that no section of the 1999 constitution confers the house of representatives with the powers to issue orders to a state governor or direct the shutdown of a sitting state house of assembly,” he said in a statement.
“Whether in language or action, such is only obtainable in a military system. The PDP hereby invites Nigerians to note that section 11 of the 1999 constitution, upon which the house of representatives anchored its decision, does not in any way empower the house of representatives to shutdown a functioning state legislature.’’
The party said its important to note that such “imperial stance” against a legislative house; a symbol of the sovereignty of the people was “self-destruct”.
“The PDP, therefore, counsels against any arm of government overreaching itself to take actions that undermine our constitution,” the party said.
“It encourages dictatorial tendencies against our institutions of democracy and the essentials of personal freedom and rights of citizens in our nation.”