ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
Against the backlash from the public on the purported recommendations for the sack of kogi state Chief Judge Justice Nasir Ajana , the Speaker Rt Honourable Matthew Kolawole has defended their action as constitutional and in the best interest of the state.
The Speaker stated this on recently in a chat with Journalists in lokoja.
He said the Secretary to the state government Mrs Folashade Ayoade Arike had through a letter to the Assembly to mediate on the refusal of the Judiciary to subject the staff to pay parade.
He added that in response to the letter the House set up an adhoc committee and the standing committee on Public Accounts to fashion out ways to resolve the impasse stressing that both the CJ and the Chief Registrar had consistently refused to honour the invitation.
The speaker noted that instead of the CJ Justice Ajana to honour the invitations, he went to court even while the Judiciary is on strije to restrain the Assembly from inviting him to attend to the committee.
The lawmaker averred that the constitution of the Federal Republic, sections 128, and 129 empowers the legislature to investigate any person, corporate institutions where public money is appropriated .
However, he said the House considered the actions of the CJ and the Chief Registrar as an affront on the legislature as an arm of government .
He added that Section 125 subsection 1, 2 empowered the office of the Auditor General of the state to look into the financial transactions of any institution of the government saying that the Audit reports from 2016 appropriations to date have indicated infractions by the Judiciary.
He said that their refusal to honour the committee invitation amount to gross misconduct with consequences.
He advised the members of the public to look at the three tiers of government within the context of separation of powers before passing the buck , hinted that the decision to recommend the CJ to the Governor for sanctions was appropriate and within the constitutional bounds.
While commending his constituents for reelecting him for the State Assembly, the first to achieve the feat in the constituency (Kabba/Bunu LGA) challenged all those in position of authorities to plough back the dividend of the Democracy to their communities.