Ozekhome Urges Tambuwal To Resign Now.

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Ezekhome (SAN) Urges Tambuwal To Resign Over Reps
Commotion
Mr Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on
Thursday called on Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker,
House of Representatives, to resign for peace to reign in
the legislature.
Ozekhome, a constitutional lawyer, said this in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while
reacting to the lawmakers’ fracas which culminated in
Thursday’s shut down of the national Assembly.
NAN reports that Senate President David Mark on
Thursday announced the suspension of National Assembly
plenaries until Tuesday, following the reconvening of
House of Representatives.
The lower chamber reconvened on Thursday to discuss
President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for the extension of
the State of Emergency in the three North-East states of
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
NAN reports that security operatives barricaded the
entrance in an attempt to prevent Tambuwal access to the
hallowed chamber, leading to a commotion and the
fearing of tear gas.
Ozekhome said that the undercurrent of the entire episode
was that some lawmakers must have felt that the
reconvening of the House would lead to Tambuwal’s
impeachment by his opponents.
This, he said, could have informed their desperate attempt
to get to the chambers by climbing the National Assembly
gate and fence when it was closed against them to forestall
the impending fracas.
“My advice is that Tambuwal should honourably and
voluntarily resign as Speaker of the House of
Representatives in order for peace to reign in the National
Assembly.
“Having defected from the political party on which
platform he got to the National Assembly and became the
Speaker, he should stop his present grandstanding because
he cannot have his cake and eat it.
“Whether the courts have declared his seat vacant or not,
whether he has been impeached or not, and whether it is
constitutional for him to do so or not, he owes a moral
obligation to resign now.

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