“Don’t misinform the public”- APC tells PDP to Leave Edo govt out of Assembly crisis.

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The Edo State chapter of All Progressive Congress, has
described as untrue and an attempt to misinform the public, the
allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state that
the crisis in the state House of Assembly was being fuelled by the
state government.

State chairman of the party, Mr. Anslem Ojezua, in a statement,
explained that the three suspended members of the House of
Assembly had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Benin
City, wherein they sought and obtained an ex-parte order,
restraining the Speaker and the House from declaring their seats
vacant and/or suspending them pending the hearing and
determination of the motion on notice which they also filed in the
same suit.

“The said motion on notice was subsequently argued and on June
6, 2014, Justice A. Liman of the Federal High Court, whilst
granting an injunction restraining the Speaker and the House from
declaring the seats of the applicants vacant, however, refused the
prayer for an injunction restraining the applicants from being
suspended from membership of the House.
“On June 9, 2014, the Edo State House of Assembly, acting within
their powers duly recognised by Justice Liman in the ruling earlier
referred to, suspended four of its members for an indefinite period
for the offence of misconduct as provided for under Order 38 of the
Rules of Procedure of the House.

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“Upon the failure of the said members to comply with the
suspension order and their acts of forcible entry into the premises
and chambers of the House of Assembly, Principal Officers filed a
suit at the Edo State High Court on June 11, 2014. The court
granted an order restraining the said four suspended members
from forcefully gaining entrance into the premises.
“Despite the service of the processes including the order of
injunction on all the parties, the suspended members have
continued to create tension and chaos in the House of Assembly
and its environs by forcibly entering into the premises and
chambers of the House of Assembly aided by thugs and officers
and men of the Nigeria Police Force.

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“We were informed that these contemnors claim, rather
erroneously, that they can act in defiance and disobedience of the
positive order of court on the ground that they are pursuing an
appeal against the order,” he said.

“It is an elementary principle of our legal system that an order of a
court remains valid and subsisting which all parties must comply
with unless and until it is set aside by the court which issued
same or a Court of Appeal. The APC believes that the actions of
the suspended members and the Police at the prodding of
hierarchy of the PDP is a clear and present threat to the peace and
order of the State and constitutes a calculated slap in the face of
the Judiciary,” it stated.

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