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Fuel Subsidy: Reps Bar Kachikwu From Plenary

Ibe Kachikwu

Members of the opposition in the House of Representatives vehemently opposed the admittance of the Minister of State (Petroleum Resources), Ibe Kachikwu into the chamber Monday afternoon.

Kachikwu was scheduled to address the lawmakers Monday on the latest development over hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

However, trouble started when plenary resumed and time for the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to move for the admittance of the Minister into the Chamber.

After the motion was seconded, the Speaker put the question but the nays were more than the ayes.

The Speaker ruled in favour of the ayes before banging the gavel but before he could drop the gavel, “No, no, All we are saying, save Nigeria and APC shame” rent the air.

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After about three minutes, the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa approached the Speaker for consultation.

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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