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House may punish ‘PDP caucus leaders’



From Tony Akowe, Abuja


The House of Representatives may penalise a few of its members who’re claiming to be leaders of the primary opposition Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) caucus within the House.

The Inexperienced Chamber accused them of making confusion and deceptive the general public.

The House, at its sitting yesterday, requested its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to analyze allegation that Kingsley Chinda, Chukwuma Onyema, Umar Barre and Muriana Ajibola had been parading themselves as leaders of the PDP caucus within the House.

Hon. China and others have been proposed as Minority leaders of the House by the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), however lost floor to Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and his staff who’re at present the leaders of the Minority within the House.

The PDP has mentioned that Chinda stay its alternative of Minority Chief whereas insisting that Hon. Elumelu ought to step down from the place or face sanction.

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Nevertheless, rising below issues of pressing nationwide significance, Hon. Ben Igbakpa (PDP, Delta) mentioned the Chinda led group has been issuing public statements outdoors the nomenclature of this House; deceptive most people and inflicting confusion and disaffection within the House of Representatives.

Based on him, their motion is a gross abuse of the collective and particular person privileges of members of home and violates Part 24, Legislative Homes (Powers and Privileges) Act, Cap L.12, Legal guidelines of Federation of Nigeria, 2004 as effectively extant provisions of the Standing Orders of this House.

He mentioned: “Part 60, Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1-999 (As Amended) gives that the House of Representatives shalt powers to manage its personal process. That is supported by Order 1 (1) 8. (2) of the Standing Orders of this House.


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