Confusion, Rowdy Session as House of Representatives Resume Sitting
The confusion started after the minority leader Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC) referred to the Deputy House Leader, Hon. Ogor Leonard Okuweh (PDP), as ‘Deputy Minority Leader.’ Leo Ogor is the Deputy Majority Leader.
The action of the Hon. Gbajabiamila however did not go down well with Hon. Ogor who is the Deputy Majority Leader.
Hon. Ogor immediately raised a point of order, and was supported by other members of the Peoples Democratic Party who rose in his defence.
In the same vein, the members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, also rose in defence of the minority leader, accenting that it is in order for the Hon. Ogor to be addressed as the Deputy Minority Leader considering that the PDP of which he belongs is now in the minority.
It took the intervention of the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal to return peace to the chambers.
Apparently referring to the members of the All Progressives Congress, Tambuwal reminded members of the house how late Chief M.K.O Abiola’s victory in the June 12 1993 presidential election was not valid despite winning the election because he was never declared winner.
He called on members of the house to maintain decorum and not to throw the house into crisis.
Speaking after the session of the house, the minority leader Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila explained his reasons for addressing Hon. Ogor as the Deputy Minority Leader.
Although he clarified that the move is simply a jab directed at the members of the PDP, which is normal legislative practise anywhere in the world, he maintained that it was not out of place for him to have addressed him as the Deputy Minority Leader.
Asked if he was not been hasty to declare the PDP minority in the House of Reps, Hon. Gbajabiamila said irrespective of its decision to respect the order of the court directing that no leadership change should take place in the house, it was only a matter of time for the change to be effected.
The APC Caucus in the House or Representative had earlier agreed to abide by the ruling of the court which ordered that the leadership of the house be maintained pending the determination of the suit brought before it by the PDP.
On his own part, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDP) described the action of the APC legislature as pre-emptive of the court.
He opined that it is legally wrong for the Hon. Gbajabiamila to refer to him as the Deputy Minority Leader when a court of law has directed that no change in leadership should be effected until the issue is determined.
According to him, the 37 members of the House which decamped from the PDP to the APC are still members of the PDP until the court decided that they can either defect without losing their seat or can cannot defect at all since a court had previously declared that the is no faction in the PDP.
He vowed that as long as the court is yet to make any pronouncement on the issue, the PDP will never allow any change in the leadership of the house or else there will be anarchy.
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