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Steer clear of Senate, Marafa’s row, Reps warn meddling colleagues

Some members of the House of Representatives on Sunday asked their colleagues to stop interfering with the crisis in the Senate involving Senator Kabiru Marafa and his colleagues.

The House members noted that the Senate and the House were independent arms of the National Assembly, each having its internal rules.

They said this implied that none of the arms should not meddle in the internal affairs of the other since they could individually resolve any internal crisis without seeking outside help.




Marafa had lately accused the leadership of the Senate under Senator Bukola Saraki of using the distortions in the 2016 budget as an opportunity to settle political scores.

But, last week, a group of House members, including the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, cautioned Marafa to be mindful of his choice of words.

The members had claimed that Marafa was disparaging the institution of the legislature with his utterances.

However, on Sunday, 15 members of the House replied the Mohammed group, saying that the latter should steer clear of the crisis in the Senate.

The 15 members are John Dyegh, Hon Lawal Yahaya-Gumau, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, Agunsoye Rotimi, Ali Madaki and Aminu Malle.

The list also had Nazir Zango-Daura, Muhammed Soba, Ismail Gadaka, Abdulrahman Shuaibu, Sunday Adepoju, Adekunle Akinlade, Musa Sarki-Adar, Ajibola Famurewa and Abdulmamud Gaiya.

Besides, they observed that as a Nigerian, Marafa was covered by the right to free speech guaranteed under Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“It must be made clear to the legislators who are mostly new members that the two Houses of the National Assembly are independent and separate arms.

“By getting involved in the internal crisis of the Senate shows them to be interlopers”, part of a statement the 15 members issued in Abuja, read.

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