By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Chairman of the Edo State chapter of Conference on Nigeria Political Parties(CNPP), Roy Oribhabor, has described the judgment passed by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, stopping the National Assembly (NASS) from interfering in the business of the Edo State House of Assembly and banning the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, from issuing another proclamation letter as a clearly indication that judiciary is up to its responsibities and has come a long way in Nigeria.
Oribhabor commended the judiciary for what he described as a well researched judgment based on the available evidence, adding that the judgment has further vindicated the CNPP “when we said the letter of proclamation was issued according to the constitution of Nigeria and also, the inauguration was done well.”
Going further, he stressed that “the Edo CNPP is completely happy for the judgment and call on the members elect to resume duty by submitting themselves to the leadership of the house for proper documentations.
“They must at this time have a rethink for the sake of those who elected them.
“We call on the speaker to accept them back to the house for the interest of Edo State and see the judgment as no victor no vanquished but a call to service.
“Nigeria judiciary has once again demonstrated that, it’s indeed the last hope of the commoners. They must continue to protect the principles of true democracy.
“The victory is for Edo people.”
On the election tribunal judgment in favour of Dennis Idahosa, representing Ovia Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Oribhabor commended the judgment for what he called “the erudite and scholarly dissection of the matter.”
He called on Idahosa to appreciate the judgment via quality representation.