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APC, PDP Reps Clash Over Amaechi


There was a mild drama on Thursday during the budget defence of the Ministry of Transportation with the House of Representatives joint committee on Land Transport and Aviation.

Lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) turned the session into a venue for party supremacy.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had appeared before the committee to defend the 2016 budget proposals of the ministry.

Trouble began when the APC lawmakers felt that questions being asked by a PDP lawmaker, Linus Okorie was in bad faith.

Okorie had called the attention of Amaechi to the perceived discrepancies in the budget figures submitted by the ministry and sought clarifications.

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Amaechi’s response that the ministry’s budget was tailored to conform with the template given to them by the budget office did not go down well with the PDP lawmakers.

The PDP lawmakers insisted that the documents presented by the minister were below their expectations and that he should present an acceptable and realistic budget.

This prompted APC members at the hearing to ask the minister to cease answering the questions.

The session became rowdy and had to be terminated abruptly.

After fray nerves were calmed,  the minister’s team was asked to return at a later date with the appropriate documents to continue the defence of the budget.

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