Obey Court orders, stay away from Bauchi state – PDP Govs Forum tells NASS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governors Forum urged the National Assembly to obey court orders and stay away from interfering in the affairs of Bauchi state house of assembly.

A Bauchi high court had Monday issued order restraining the National Assembly from interfering in the leadership crisis in the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

PDP Governors Forum in a press statement that emanated from its Secretariat in Abuja, Chairman of the forum, Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson also called on the National Assembly to “walk back the culture of impunity and lawlessness that is hardening its bite on the polity, and show more respect for the rights of the people.”

The Forum cautioned that “Acting otherwise or delaying in respecting the order would represent a direct and serious affront to the rule of law in a democratic government and a dangerous abuse of power; which Nigerians would see as “steadily emboldening a climate of impunity in governance, and strengthening the hands of those who unleash brutal force against democracy.

“However, impunity will not “change” Nigeria for the better. Impunity breeds and feeds resentment and division, conflicts, radicalism and extremism and represents a revolving door for infinite cycles of violence. Impunity will only change Nigeria for the worse”, it added.

Recall that a high court in Bauchi on Monday issued an order restricting the National Assembly from wading into the leadership crisis in the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

The order effectively stopped a committee set up by federal lawmakers from proceeding with its assignment pending the ruling on a motion filed before it.

Two speakers (Abubakar Suleiman and Kawuwa Shehu-Damina) emerged at the inauguration of 9th Bauchi Assembly through parallel elections; prompting a 12-member House of Representatives Committee headed by Sarkin-Adar to be constituted with the mandate to find out the circumstances surrounding the development.

However, an interim injunction dated July 22, granted by Judge Muazu Abubakar, said the parties involved in the crisis should halt all proceedings until October 3, when the court sits to hear the motion filed by the applicants.

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