Reps Exchange blows over nPDP’s visit to House leadership

Pandemonium broke out at the House of Representatives on Tuesday when  the Baraje-led  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made up of Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Abdul-Fatai Ahmed (Kwara) and Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, National Chairman of the New PDP visited  the House in Abuja.

Following the new PDP’s reception by the house leadership, made up of its principal officers -the Speaker of the House, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; the Majority Leader, Mrs. Mulikat Akande-Adeola; the Chief Whip, Mr. Ishaka Bawa;  the Deputy Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor; and  the Deputy Whip, Mr. Murktar Ahmed in  Room 0.28, chaos struck, after Baraje was introduced and asked to state the purpose of their visit as a House member, Afongo stormed out of the venue with  Betty Apiafi (Rivers); Bethel Amadi (Imo); Kingsley Chinda (Rivers); Bitrus Kaze (Plateau), Shouting  “point of order”, “point of order” and charged in the direction of the high table in a bid to register his protest.

Afongo insisted that the meeting must not hold because he did not believe that many of the people at the venue were PDP members.

But the pro-Baraje members comprising Mr. Aminu Suleiman, Mr. Baballe Murktar, Mr. Ali Madakaki and Mr. Ado Dogoa stopped him, shoving and throwing punches in the process. Afongo too responded with punches.

Mr. Dakuku Peterside and Andrew Uchendu, both from Rivers State, also shoved Afongo, preventing him from moving close to the high table.

One of the lawmakers, Mr. Ini Udoka from Akwa Ibom State, who is a supporter of the Tukur group lifted a chair but was prevented from throwing it.

Mr. Emmanuel Okon, also from Akwa Ibom State, joined the fighting on the side of Afongo.

Following the development, more protesters thronged the venue, shouting, “No, way, no way; PDP, Tukur; PDP, Tukur.”

Afongo later addressed reporters after the incident, saying “Baraje is a leader in the party. If he is coming to address us, no problem.

“But, I saw a crowd and non-party members among them. I wanted to ask why and they started pushing me and shouting me down.”

Responding to Baraje’s speech, Speaker Tambuwal added. “We are deeply concerned about recent political developments in our country, especially in the PDP.

“Democracy belongs to all Nigerians and not to politicians alone. Many people died fighting for democracy. This is a reason we must conduct ourselves according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We must abstain from  heating up  the polity unnecessarily because of our personal ambitions.”

Baraje’s team also visited the Senate leadership in order to air their grievances.

Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the Tukur faction of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, explained to journalists why its group avoided attending the lawmakers’ sitting, saying “ We are abiding by the decision reached at the Sunday meeting where we were directed to avoid anything that would be seen as inflaming the crisis.

“This was why we were not at the National Assembly. We don’t want to do anything that would be seen as stalling the ongoing reconciliation.”

Recent Comment (1)

  1. Ocy Dun September 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    U all that want to form a new PDP are mad and not usual,let them think normal and stop waiting their time telling nonsense,can u people just think twice and reason normalcy so that u can not end in prison after u have ruled finish,especially that Amaechi of rivers state that is among them but Amaechi let telling u that u don’t know anything because those people u are now supporting are hausas and bokoharam,but don’t worry one day they will kill u and bury u without anybody notice idiot,cannot u see how ibos and east people are dying in south and north and u are supporting them stupid man ewu gambi woe unto u mammal bye a man with nonsense

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