APC says the House of Assembly complex is a public building and everyone should have access to it.
The All Progressive Congress, APC, in Nasarawa state has urged the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, led House of Assembly to respect the principle of separation of powers in a democracy.
The Interim Chairman of the APC, Stanley Buba, stated this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Lafia on the alleged harassment of the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Innocent Lagi, by a lawmaker within the assembly complex.
Mr. Buba said that the state House of Assembly complex is a public building as such every citizen has the right to visit the premises either on official or private appointment.
“The House of Assembly is a public building; the House of Assembly has a gallery. It is very funny that you have a gallery and still lock your gates,” he said.
Mr. Buba said it had become necessary for the party to state its position to avoid misrepresentation of facts on the matter.
“You cannot say because I am elected, I can do as I want. Even as you are elected by the people to represent them, there are laid down functions which you cannot go beyond.
“What the Attorney General is asking is that the court should interpret for him, interpret for the assembly and the public if the action of the lawmakers is right by the law.”
The state Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, Innocent Lagi, had earlier on filed a suit against a member of the Assembly, Francis Orogu, accusing him of assault while the commissioner was trying to serve a court order on the House.
Mr. Lagi had jumped over the Assembly’s gate in a desperate bid to serve court orders restraining it from interfering with the affairs of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, NASIEC.
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