- The speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly, Titus Uba, says the Assembly under his leadership is ready to lift the suspension of eight members in another faction
- He says the crisis in the House is a struggle to save the soul of Benue, and not necessarily politically motivated
- Lawyers insist Saraki can only be impeach by 73 senators
The speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly, Titus Uba, has insisted that the 22 lawmakers in the House will not work against the state even if given financial inducement to do so.
Uba who made the statement in the interview, noted that the Assembly under his leadership is ready to lift the suspension of eight members in another faction, if they show remorse, The Guardian reports.
He urged the suspended lawmakers to retract their negative comments and declare their readiness to work with the rest lawmakers to develop the state.
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He said the crisis in the House was a struggle to save the soul of Benue, and not necessarily politically motivated.
Uba said: “To the best of my knowledge, this type of thing has never happened in this country, where a speaker would be impeached and those in majority still give speakership to the minority.
“This has now clearly shown that power in this state has become a struggle, we are not looking at acronyms, or sentiments.
"But, we are looking at how we can come together to save the soul of Benue State.”
The speaker insisted 22 lawmakers were working together in unity, in interest of the state, irrespective of political affiliations.
“The 22 members on my side are intact, and nothing on this earth is going to shake us."
He said the suspended lawmakers were still members of the assembly and would be welcomed if they so desire.
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We are also still in talking terms with the other eight members, and some of them are already making advances to come back and join us, instead of taking us to the other side.
“But if you paint something black and you want to brighten it, you must use white paint to clean it," Uba stated.
Meanwhile, some lawyers in the country have explained that Senate president, Bukola Saraki, can only be impeached by two-third of all the 109 senators, and not just a simple two-thirds of those present at a sitting.
The legal practitioners told Daily Sun that the constitutionally recommended number of senators required to impeach Saraki is 73 senators.
Human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), insisted that only 73 senators and not 24 lawmaker can remove the Senate president.
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