Assembly Saga: Ex-CPS Petitions Edo State Govt
11 August 2019 News
The Former Chief Press Secretary to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo Mr. John Mayaki has petitioned the Edo state government for violating the constitution and breach of the provision code of Conduct Bureau Act in the proclamation for the Edo State House of Assembly.
Mr. Mayaki briefed journalists after filing the petition at the Code of Conduct Bureau Federal Secretariat Complex Annex office, Maitama, Abuja.
He is requesting the Code of Conduct Bureau to prosecute Governor Godwin Obasaki, his Deputy Mr. Philip Shu’aibu and the Secretary to the State government Osarodion Ogie for the breach of paragraphs 1 and 9 of the code of conduct that is applicable to public officers.
The petition explained that Executive Governor of Edo State and the other parties mentioned above have jointly abused their office by engaging in an arbitrary act of unlawfully refusing to comply with the resolutions of the National Assembly directing the Executive Governor of Edo State to issue valid proclamation for the first session of the Edo State House of Assembly in accordance with the provisions of section 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution,
An act he described as prejudicial to the rights of any of the 14 elected members of the Edo State House Assembly and the general public.
The petition also indicated that the Executive Governor of Edo State and the other parties mentioned above have jointly and severally abused their office by unlawfully procuring other parties to procure an interim injunction from the Federal High Court of Port Harcourt against the National Assembly contrary to the provisions of the section 1(1) of the Supreme Court
Mayaki indicates Act 2002, is vested in the original jurisdiction in any dispute between the House of Assembly of State and the National Assembly in the Supreme Court.
He noted that the order of the Federal Court of Port Harcourt is an arbitrary and unlawful order made without jurisdiction for purposes of enabling the Executive Governor of Edo state and the other petitioners to, continue with the abuse of their office and failing to comply with the resolutions of the National Assembly.
The petitioner explained clandestinely proclamation on the 17 of June for the Edo State House of Assembly for the first session of the EDHA for the parliament commencing June 2019, with the aim of unlawfully excluding 14 elected members of the EDHA from participating in the process leading to the election of principal officers was illegal because it was against the wish of majority elected members.
He said the unlawful act of excluding 14 elected members of the EDHA from participating in the first session was unconstitutional and breach of law directing the Executive Governor of Edo State to issue valid proclamation for the first session of the EDHA in accordance with the provisions of section 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution.