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House of Rep. Ends in Chaos, Fails to Admit Dr. Kachikwu


There was confusion, Monday, in the House of Representatives as members of the lower chamber also traded blows over admittance of the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to take the floor.

The special plenary that was called to discuss the hike in petroleum prices ended on a rowdy note. 

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had read the proceedings of the previous sitting, after prayers in the afternoon, and thereafter moved that the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Kachikwu, be called into the chamber but immediately he said that, shouts of No! No! No, took over the air.

However, after the Speaker finished his comment, allowing the leader to move the motion, there was a resounding ‘nay’ from the opposition lawmakers, mostly members of Peoples Democratic Party, in rejection of the motion.

To prove that he was in charge, Dogara ignored the strength of the ‘nay’ prayers by ruling in favour of the ‘ayes’.

The Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, then quickly moved for the admittance of Dr. Kachikwu.

While some members, waving the national flag, started shouting ‘all we are saying save Nigeria,’ others were chanting ‘change’ with mainly PDP Reps shouting ‘shame,’ ‘shame.’

At this stage, the Minority Leader, Rep Leo Ogor, approached the Speaker and after a brief chat with him, joined his fellow lawmakers.

Also, the Majority Leader and some of the lawmakers approached the Speaker, but the noise continued as all appeals by the Majority Whip, Ado Doguwa, to his colleagues fell on deaf ears.

The Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, who was seen placating his colleagues and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor later joined the Speaker’s consultation group.

The chanting and flag waving went on for another 20 minutes before the Speaker was able to rally the members.

Before he recognized the Minority Leader Ogor after the noise had subsided, the Speaker said,  “This is the beauty of democracy,  we disagree to agree”.

He then acknowledged Ogor, who moved that the House dissolve into Executive session.

The House went into the session without the Minister being admitted.

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