Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has warned Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, to avoid trouble by respecting the sanctity of the state House of Assembly.
He gave the warning following the inauguration and election of Speaker of the assembly by 11 members of the assembly loyal to the governor out of the elected 31. Oshiomhole said it was absurd that a minority party shut out 20 members of the APC in order to perpetuate the act in the “nocturnal hours”.
Oshiomhole said, “There is no way the PDP can produce the speaker, the deputy speaker and other principal officers. If the governor insists, then he is inviting trouble for himself. He should have said he is vacating the governorship office until the determination of his case.”
“So if we have not misused federal might or federal instrument or institution to prevent Governor Bala Mohammed from being inaugurated, it is a shame that he would rather sit and use federal institution to undermine the rights and privileges of the APC members elected duly by the people of Bauchi State certified by INEC to be inaugurated.”
Oshiomhole said the party would ensure the police did the right thing in Bauchi by providing cover for the parliament and securing lives of members. He also lamented that a similar scenario played out in his home state of Edo when nine members elect principal officers and shut out 15 others.
“Yours was 6am, Edo was 9.30 pm, all these are unholy hours. Those are nocturnal hours. The working hours for parliament are provided by the rules of the parliament. It is not up to anyone to change those rules only properly constituted parliament can change the rules as they are,” he added.