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Rowdy session in the House Of Reps over Petroleum Minister
It was a rowdy session on Monday as members of the House of Representatives cut short their break to deliberate on the recent increase in fuel pump price by the Federal Government.
Around noon when the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, read the proceedings of the last session and called for the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to be admitted into the green chamber, there were shouts of disapproval from members.
Dogara went ahead to invite the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who moved the motion for Kachikwu to be ushered in but as soon as the Speaker put the motion to a voice vote, there were shouts of ‘nay’ from majority of the members.
However, Dogara overruled them and ruled in favour of the ‘ayes’, calling that the minister be brought in to explain more on the fuel crisis, which has led to the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, threatening a total shutdown of the country.
This led to a shouting match between members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC. Soon, there was waving of the national flag and chanting of ‘all we are saying, save Nigeria’.
While APC members shouted ‘change’, their PDP counterparts replied with ‘shame’.
In the midst of all these, the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, approached the Speaker and after a brief conversation Gbajabiamila also joined the Speaker.
Not long after, frayed nerves were clamed, leading to Ogor calling for a closed-door meeting.