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Advocacy demands resolution to National Assembly tensions

13 July 2015, 10:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative (FGAI), a parliamentary advocacy, monitoring and lobby group has expressed concern at the tussle for leadership positions in the National Assembly.

The organisation urged quick and timely resolution of the current crisis of leadership in the two arms of the Parliament.

The group said this would allow the lawmakers settle-in quickly and commence the real key responsibility of lawmaking for which the Nigerian electorate had invested time and resources.

Executive Director, George Oji, said Nigerians elected the lawmakers into office as part of the larger change mantra, represented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said Nigerians expected the legislators to join hands with the President to make laws that would change the old ways of governance.

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“The laws that Nigerians expect from our elected representatives are those that would reinvent good governance; through probity, accountability, rule of law and respect for human rights. Anything short of this would not be acceptable by the Nigerian people,” Oji said.

He also called thorough investigation of forgery allegations as contained in the petition sent to the Inspector General of Police by the Senate Unity Forum.

“We also note the petition written by the Senate Unity Forum to the Inspector General of Police calling for an investigation into the circumstances of the emergence of the Senate Standing Orders 2015,” said Oji.

The rule was used in the election that led to the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy President of the Senate.

“Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative have also noted the explanations provided by Senator Ike Ekweremadu that every new senate must operate with a new rule in compliance with Section 64 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended to justify the emergence of the new rule book,” Oji said.

The appeal to the senate to conduct thorough investigations to ascertain the circumstances that led to the surreptitious emergence of the new rule book, particularly whether it was done in accordance with order 110 of the senate standing order 2011.

“The investigation should also be concluded quickly and on time too. We demand that anyone found culpable, remotely or directly in the unlawful printing of the said new senate rule should be made to face the music; be prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction in the country, as there is no immunity against prosecution provided for any lawmaker in the nation's constitution,” Oji said.

- CAJ News


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