There are indications of a rowdy session as opinions were bitterly divided at the House of Representatives on Monday, following the scheduled appearance of Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, as lawmakers dispute over whether the minister should be allowed to enter into the chamber or not.
Upon Kachikwu’s arrival at the lower chamber’s special plenary on fuel price hike and removal of fuel subsidy, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara read the proceedings of the previous and moved for the admittance of the NNPC Boss into the chamber but No! No!! No!!! rented the air.
It was gathered that while the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was trying to move a motion to let Mr. Kachikwu in, several lawmakers – mostly of the PDP fold – were spotted to have made a resounding ‘nay’ in utter cacophonies.
Dogara was then prompted to put the matter up for voice vote.
When the Speaker of the House asked if the lawmakers should allow the minister to come him, majority of them thundered: “No! No!”
However, Dogara said the “ayes” have it, nonetheless.
Even with the Speaker’s final decision, the lawmakers refused to be intimidated, as they continued with their chants.
All of a sudden, frayed tempers disappeared and the House then demanded that pressmen vacate the premises, leaving only members in the plenary to continue with what they described as “executive session.”