Tambuwal: What The 1999 Nigerian Constitution Says About The Office Of The speaker.

I read an article somewhere, where Oliseh Metuh of PDP, called for the resignation of Hon. Tambuwal for ditching a party on whose majority he rose to the office of the speaker house of Representative.

In his exact words After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Hon Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority in the House he said.

I have also read some comments offline and online, when some ignorant/paid commentators have started insinuating that Hon Tambuwal May lose his office for simply not fulfilling the requirements of the law as regards the position of speaker.

It is very unfortunate that some Nigerians including public office holders are too lazy, to read the elementary sections of our Constitution, some of which are self explanatory.

Now, let us examine what Chapter V, Part

1 (Composition Of National Assembly) sections 47 -50 of the Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria holds: There shall be a National Assembly for the Federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

48. The Senate shall consist of three Senators from each State and one from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

49. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the House of representative consist of three hundred and sixty members representing constituencies of nearly equal population as far as possible provided that no constituency shall fall within more than one State.

50. (1) There shall be:-

(a) a President and a Deputy President of the Senate, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves; and

(b) a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves.

(2) The President or Deputy President of the Senate or the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall vacate his office.

(a) if he ceases to be a member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives as the case may be, otherwise than by reason of a dissolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives.

(b) when the House of which he was a member first sits after any dissolution of that House.

(c) if he is removed from office by a resolution of the Senate or of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of the members of that House.

So where did PDP find the supposedly “loophole” or authority in law, in asking Hon. Tambuwal to resign ? The only option left for them, is to rally their members and see if they can muster the required number when plenary resumes in December, in order to satisfy Section 50, subsection 2 C as highlighted above.



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