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PDP, APC Reps fight over use of army for elections

2015-02-26 12:14
Soldiers of the Chadian army stand next to Panhard AML 90 armoured vehicles on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad ~ ALI KAYA

Abuja - Lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday turned the House of Representatives’ chamber into turmoil as they argued over the legality or otherwise of deployment of troops for elections, reports Vanguard.

The issue polarised the members along party lines.

While the APC members were against the deployment, PDP lawmakers were favourably disposed to their deployment during the  general elections.

Also read: Reps suspend debate on involvement of military in elections

When the matter came up for discussion on Wednesday, a rowdy scene was created and proceedings stalled for two hours.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the sitting had a hectic time controlling lawmakers.

He was forced to adjourn the proceedings to prevent the disagreement snowballing into a fight.

The House had on Thursday suspended debate on the issue.

Read more at Vanguard.

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