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Senate backs House’s takeover of Kogi Assembly

11 March 2016, 18:43

Abuja - The Senate has supported the taking over the legislative functions of the crisis-ridden Kogi House of Assembly by the House of Representatives.

Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume who noted that what the lower chambers did was constitutional, said once there was a breakdown of law and order in any state House of Assembly, the House of Representatives would constitutionally take over.

He said, “it is constitutional that once there is a breakdown of law and order in any state House of Assembly, the House of Representatives take over.”

Senator Mohammed Ogembe, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Kogi Central who claimed he was not aware of what happened in the Kogi State House of Assembly, said the issue ought to have been brought to the senators and discussed on the floor of the chambers, but that was not done.

Also read: House of Reps take over Kogi Assembly

According to him, the House of Representatives had the right to do that, but what ought to have been done was that the Senate ought to have been communicated.

The House of Representatives Wednesday took over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly due to the crisis rocking the assembly since the last one month.

In taking the decision at plenary, the House said its action was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which says the National Assembly could take over the functions of any state assembly that is enmeshed in crisis.

- News 24

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