The House of Representatives on Thursday backed All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s efforts to reposition the party.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamilla, who met with APC National Working Committee (NWC), said he had directed the House legal department to appeal a Federal High Court ruling stopping the National Assembly from taking over the Edo State House of Assembly’s functions.
Addressing Oshiomhole, the Speaker said: “You are not alone in this battle for democracy; that is what it is; it is not a personal thing.
“On the issue of Edo State, I have instructed the legal department to file an appeal.
“This National Assembly will protect the party, protect the institution of the legislature because we believe objectively that the provisions of the constitution are written in black and white and in English.”
He disclosed that he was sponsoring a bill that would prevent courts from stopping any arm of government from performing its constitutional duties.
He said: “There is a bill that I am sponsoring, which seeks to stop a court or an arm of government from stopping another arm from doing what is constitutionally expected to do.”
He said the courts can declare a legislative action unconstitutional but should not stop the process.
Gbajabiamila said there was an attempt to stop the amendment of the Deep Offshore And Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act, 2004
“Some of those companies got to some members, not even APC members, but we were able to put our foot down and understand that this is a majority party, this is what our government wants and we did what we needed to do.
“I will be unfair if I do not say a good majority of PDP members also worked with us on this,” he said.