Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly made a staunch stand on their earlier resolution to the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to dissolve the state Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect because tenure of the commission members has expired since February, 2015 and no list of new members has been sent to the House for confirmation.
The Assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade while responding to a letter sent to the House by the Commission members stating that the House was misinformed and misguided said emphatically that the Nigerian Constitution as stipulated in Section 197 and 198 states that the appointment of the Commission members is subjected to the confirmation of the House of Assembly.
He further said that the state Head of Service does not have the power to renew the tenure of the members of the commission as stated in their letter to the House.
The Majority Leader who was the mover of the motion during the Assembly’s last sitting mentioned that the House has no business with the commission because it had sent a letter to the Governor and no correspondence has been received from him on the matter.
Members who spoke on the issue include: Hon. Abiodun Tobun, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Hon. Moshood Oshun, Hon. Segun Olulade, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi and Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh amongst others.
They were of the same opinion and supported the motion that due process must be followed as stipulated in the Constitution, Section 199.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun, said “procedure is excellent and it cannot be sacrificed, we must be able to lay precedence and our authority has been derogated”.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olusegun Abiru to write to the state Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji to appear before the House at the next sitting, Tuesday 28th July, 2015 to explain the rationale behind re-appointment letters given to the Commission members after the expiration of their tenure in February 2015 without a recourse to the House as stipulated in the Constitution.