ASKiNGRADiO.com | News | Makurdi | May 2, 2019.
Governor Samuel Ortom’s Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua says, there is no basis for dragging the Governor’s name into issues of the Legislature when clearly, there is separation of powers between the two tiers of government.
Mr. Agerzua said this in a Press Statement sent to ASKiNG RADiO.
Here is the full statement.
NO BASIS FOR DRAGGING ORTOM INTO ASSEMBLY MATTERS
Our attention has been drawn to a press statement signed by the Acting Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Mr James Ornguga, in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of conniving with the current leadership of the Benue State House of Assembly to extend the suspension of seven members.
We wish to state categorically that there is no basis whatsoever for dragging Governor Ortom into a matter that is purely the business of the members who constitute the legislative arm of Government which is seperate from the executive which the Governor heads.
It will be recalled that on July 30, 2018, the Assembly suspended the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, his deputy, James Okefe, former Majority leader, Benjamin Adanyi and five others for a period of six months for flouting its standing rules among other issues.
The suspension was not based on Governor Ortom’s directives.
It is common knowledge that under the democratic dispensation there is seperation of powers betwen the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.
The APC Acting Publicity Secretary must be confidently ignorant to accuse the Governor of complicity in the suspension of members of another arm of government.
With his kind of ignorance, the publicity scribe is likely to accuse the Governor someday of being party to a court order, ruling or judgment even as these are the preserve of the judiciary.
This is not the first time the Eighth Assembly will hand down suspension. Earlier in the life of the House, Hon. Kester Kyenge of Logo Constituency was suspended for several months until he resolved his differences with colleagues who recalled him.
In the current case, there is yet to be evidence that the issues that led to the suspension have been resolved. Instead of encouraging those affected to resolve the issues, the APC has resorted to bringing in the Governor who is not an assembly member.
From the statement, the APC must have been plagued by guilty conscience. The party’s leaders instigated the minority in the House to perpetrate impunity on July 30, 2018 when they employed security agencies to prevent the majority from getting access into the Assembly complex so that the minority could attempt an illegal impeachment process.
The APC should recall that the members whose suspension has just been extended challenged their suspension in court and lost.
Their best option was to proceed on appeal if they thought they had a good case.
Having failed to explore that option APC is in no position to give them what they failed to obtain from the court.
APC can best be described as a meddlesome interloper in this matter which is the exclusive preserve of the Assembly.
Governor Ortom does not deserve to share that description with the party.
Special Adviser, Media and ICT.
May 01, 2019.