THERE was a chaotic session on the floor of House of Representatives yesterday when two separate lists of lawmakers elected on People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket reportedly forced a rowdy plenary on the lower chamber.
The bone of contention was which version should be read on the floor among the two lists of principal officers of the main opposition party.
The development came to fore while Speaker Femi Gbajabiamilia was about to read a letter containing list of principal officers of the main opposition party. But he was interrupted by a leader of another faction, Kingsley Chinda who raised a point of order.
Some PDP lawmakers immediately joined Chinda to protest the names being called out by Gbajabiamilla, who had earlier ruled him out of order. But the chaos that followed nearly brought plenary to its head as two factions emerged among the opposition legislators.
While the faction that favours the list being read out cheered the Speaker to continue, those against it kept on protesting, before sergeants-at-arms moved to protect the mace.
In the first list received by Speaker Gbajabiamilla, Ndudi Elumelu was slated for the post of Minority Leader, while the second list nominated Chinda for the same post.
It was gathered that the second list was the party’s preference as contained in a letter dated June 26 and addressed to the speaker.
The letter was signed by National Chairman and Secretary of PDP, Uche Secondus and Umar Tsauri respectively.
The heat generated by the controversy forced Speaker Gbajabiamila to hurriedly adjourn plenary, amid cheers and jeers from the two camps.