Deputy Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Idris Wase has defined why he rejected a petition on insecurity from Nigerians residing overseas which was introduced on the ground of the decrease chamber of the nationwide meeting by Mr Mark Gbillah who represents Gwer East-Gwer West constituency of Benue State.
Wase in a press release launched by his media aide Umar Puma, acknowledged that the petition from a socio-cultural affiliation primarily based in the USA which alleged that indigenes of their group haven’t been resettled of their ancestral land after being sacked by gunmen, was rejected “primarily based on guidelines of parliamentary procedures”.
The Deputy Speaker who alleged that the studies in circulation had been “doctored, slanted and bent to offer political and ethnic coloration to an occasion that was in any other case strictly primarily based on parliamentary procedures”, additional averred that the Benue lawmaker was stopped from presenting the petition “primarily based on the id(ies) of the petitioners and never primarily based on the truth that they’re primarily based exterior Nigeria.”
In keeping with him, each petition have to be introduced by a sponsor on behalf of an identifiable petitioner who can both be a person/teams of people or registered company entity.
“While it might have been pointless to reply to such a present of clear mischief by mischief-makers with malicious intents, it has, nevertheless, change into crucial to clear the air on the matter with a view to educate the ignorant and reassure the enlightened.
“To set the data straight, let it’s categorically acknowledged that the crux of the encounter between the Deputy Speaker, presiding as Speaker, and Honourable Mark Gbillah was on the LEGAL IDENTITY (and flowing from that, the LOCUS) of the Petitioners and never on the whether or not Nigerians in diaspora have a proper to petition the Home or not.
“The Home of Representatives belongs to all Nigerians and will be accessed by all Nigerians wherever they might reside. Nonetheless, like different arms of Authorities, (comparable to Courts of Regulation), Petitioners should comply with laid down guidelines and procedures in presenting their petitions to the Home, in any other case there could be lawlessness, dysfunction and chaos.”
The Deputy Speaker who backed his motion with Order 8, Rule 3, para. 5 (a)-(f) of the Home guidelines which says, “Each petition have to be signed by at the very least one individual, adopted by the addresses of the individuals signing and a company ought to register a petition with its Widespread Seal”, added that as a fourth time period member of the decrease legislative chamber and an previous member of the committee on public petitions, he did nothing however convey to bear his expertise in guiding the sponsor of the petition on the right process to undertake in presenting the stated petition.
Wase additionally restated the dedication of the ninth Home to proceed “to advertise freedom of speech and associations in addition to present platforms for all Nigerians no matter their religions or tribes or whether or not resident in Nigeria or in diaspora; whereas additionally upholding the sacred rules, guidelines and procedures of parliamentary democracy”.
“Within the present incident, the Sponsor of the Petition learn the Petitioners as: ASSOCIATION OF TIVS RESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES. For any skilled Parliamentarian, this very coinage raises numerous technical questions. Are the Petitioners represented right here in Nigeria through a Nigerian Workplace or a Authorized Practitioner or are they completely absent from the scene? Are they registered as an Affiliation with the Company Affairs Fee? If they’re absent and a listening to had been to be organised, who would the members of the Committee on Public Petition be addressing, questioning or interrogating? Would the Petitioners be capable of give first hand witness testimony as to the problems raised of their petition?
“These and different technical problems had been what the Deputy Speaker tried to interrogate, to which ample solutions weren’t offered thus stalling the presentation of the Petition.
“Word that the Home has over time entertained petitions from Nigerians in diaspora. Nonetheless, these petitions had been correctly introduced earlier than the Home with none ambiguity as to the id of the petitioners or as to their locus and availability to talk to the problems raised in such Petitions.”