Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the National Assembly from taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The verdict was delivered today at the continuation of the legal action instituted by the Edo State Government wherein it challenged the resolution of both the Red and Green Chambers to take over if governor Godwin Obaseki fails to issue proclamation letter for a fresh inauguration of the Edo Assembly.
The judge went on to order both parties to stay further actions on the matter pending the determination of the case.
A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt had earlier given an order restraining the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation letter as directed by the Senate.
The court also restrained the clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, their servants, agents, officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The orders followed requests sought by the Deputy Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Honourable Yekini Idiaye; and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency in the Edo Assembly, Honourable Henry Okhuarobo.
The national assembly had intervened two weeks ago in the Edo assembly crisis which has threatened the stability of the state.
The crisis is linked to the dispute between Obaseki and the national chairman of the governing APC who also was former governor of the state.
Nine legislators loyal to Obaseki were secretly inaugurated around 9 pm on June 17, leaving their colleagues in the camp of Oshiomhole stranded.
The other lawmakers then sought the intervention of the national assembly which then set up a panel to investigate the matter.
The Senate order for Obaseki to issue a new proclamation was based on the panel’s recommendations.
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