Abuja - Member representing Ardokola Lau and Karim-Lamido Federal Constituency of Taraba State at the House Representatives, Danladi Baido, raised concern at the rowdy session which occurred in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
He blamed the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for the setback.
“I want to categorically state clearly that what happened in the Green Chambers of the National Assembly was a rather unfortunate and embarrassing incident. It should be duly noted that the House of Reps have proceedings and Orders as stipulated by the constitution on actions to be taken during sittings,” Baido said.
“My message to the governing party is to get these facts straight and correct and adhere strictly to the laid down rules and procedures as contained in the Order of the House. This is only what will ensure an efficient and effective 8th National Assembly. For now, the House has been adjourned to the 21th of July 2015,” Baido added.
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He said the bone of contention was a letter written by the leadership of the ruling party to the House, of which the party demanded it should be read on the floor during session but the Speaker refused to read the letter from his party because the action is in complete violation of the House constitution.
He added that apart from the items on the order paper any other deliberation or act in the Chamber is a complete violation of the House Rules.
“So a letter from a particular political party or its leadership has no mandate or backed by any law to be read in the House by the Speaker or any other Member. This is because the Speaker is the Speaker of the whole House, and not the Speaker of a particular political party. Party affairs should be settled and discussed outside the National Assembly and not inside it,” Baido said.
- CAJ News