From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the House intervened in the crisis rocking the Kogi state House of Assembly to save democracy.
He spoke at the weekend when he visited the Olowo of Owo Kingdom in Ondo State, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi in his palace.
According to a statement issued by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media, Turaki Hassan, Dogara also explained the decision of the lower House to ensure a cordial relationship with the Executive, saying the National Assembly is partnering with the President Muhammadu Buhari to make the change agenda a reality.
He said: “In some cases, people are questioning why the legislature is quiet on some issues or why we are not fighting the executive?
“We don’t adopt a posture just for the sake of proving that we have separate powers as allocated to us by the Constitution, we cooperate more to ensure that good is delivered to the people.
“It is only when democracy is threatened that we raise our voices. And I remember we have been doing that in this government in how we handled the crisis in Kogi State House of Assembly. It was actually an APC leader who led investigation into the matter and we condemned the impunity even as members of the ruling party. This is the change we are talking about.”