Leadership tussle: Police seal off Kogi Assembly

TVC E, POLITICS - The Kogi State command of the Nigeria Police on Wednesday sealed off the Kogi state House of Assembly following the directive by the National Assembly. According to eyewitness, the development took the workers of the state assembly by surprise apparently because of initial inaction of the police to effect the Senate order for Inspector General to shut the assemble over the lingering crisis that has grounded legislative work in the state. Meanwhile, an assembly worker who spoke under the condition of anonymity confirmed the development to TVC NEWS, saying, “They (the police) came sometime after 10 o’clock this morning (Wednesday)”. But another source debunked the shutting of the assembly by the police, saying that the issue was “resolved”. The source who pleaded anonymity said workers were in their offices as at the time the Police came.  “Yes, they have resolved it. The police came but they spoke over the matter and...

‘Fayose has muzzled legislature’ – Lawyer

TVC E, POLITICS - Ekiti State governor, Ayodele  Fayose has muzzled legislature and the Judiciary in the state, Human rights lawyer Morakinyo Ogele has accused.   Ogele said the principle of separation of power has been completely eroded in Ekiti with the other two arms of government rendered prostrate. At a briefing in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Thursday, Ogele alleged that Fayose harassed and intimidated members of the House of Assembly to pass a resolution asking the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, to stop parading himself as a monarch. Ogele, the monarch’s lawyer, said the governor did not allow the Committees on Public Petitions and Chieftaincy Matters to conclude their assignments before  ordering them to pass the “controversial” resolution. He maintained that his client (Obasoyin) would never succumb to any threat from the Fayose administration, vowing to pursue the case to a logical conclusion. ...

Standing rules: Aggrieved members drag Dogara to court

TVCE (ABUJA) - A fresh crisis is brewing in Nigeria's House of Representatives. Eleven members have dragged the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu  Dogara to court over the recent amendment to the House standing rules. National Assembly Correspondent Joke Adisa reports that since the emergence of Dogara as Speaker, some legislators outside his camp are still aggrieved, an indication that all is not well within the ranks of the eighth House of Representatives. First, crisis brewed over the composition of the Standing Committees of the House of Representatives and now, the subject of battle has shifted to the recently amended rules of the House. It would be recalled that some of the members openly rejected the headship of committees as released by the Speaker, citing alleged victimization. Now, eleven federal lawmakers are the arrowhead of a legal battle to stop the Speaker from unilaterally suspending any member attempting to seize  the mace during...