Etteh: House of Reps boils

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Etteh: House of Reps boils

By Chiawo Nwankwo and Victor Sam, Abuja
Published: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007

A row broke out in the House of Representatives on Wenesday as members of the Integrity Group insisted that the Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Etteh, should not preside over the debate on the David Idoko panel report on the contracts scandal in the House.

Anxiety began shortly after the Minority Leader, Alhaji Mohammed Ndume, accused Etteh and some members of the House of violating an understanding that none of them should grant press interviews on the controversial contracts.

Ndume, therefore, demanded to know who would preside over the debate on the report, since the Speaker had betrayed partisan interest on the matter.

He said,

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5 Responses to “Etteh: House of Reps boils”

  1. alukome says:

    THE NATION

    Reps hold Etteh hostage 17/10/2007

    Opposition to appoint temporary Speaker today

    From Lateef Ibrahim and Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

    FOR two hours yesterday, it was standstill at the House of Representatives.

    Opposition members, under the aegis of the Integrity Group, insisted that the Speaker, Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, must step down for debate on the Hon. Idoko panel report to begin, but the Speaker rejected their request.

    She was held hostage as members prevented her from leaving the chamber when she attempted to do so at the peak of the confusion. She was blocked by the opposition members.

    They also did not allow the mace, the symbol of authority of the House, to be carried by the sergeant-at-arms.

    Deputy Speaker Babangida Nguroje was absent on the floor of the House yesterday.

    The drama in the House happened on a day another committee Chairman, Bernard Udoh, resigned his position, citing moral reasons for his action.

    Hon. Udoh was the Chairman, Due Process Committee of the lower arm of the National Assembly.

    There was a big crack within the ranks of the South-South parliamentary caucus, with some of its members, led by Hon. Andrew Uchendu, asking Mrs Etteh to resign. Others, led by Hon. Tunde Akogun (the House Leader), declared that they were solidly behind her.

    The latter group stated that there was no formal meeting where a resolution was reached by members of the caucus that the Speaker should resign.

    Over 50 mobile and regular policemen as well as plain clothed security men were drafted to the gate of the National Assembly yesterday morning – to prevent a possible breakdown of law and order. They frisked every visitor to the National Assembly complex before being allowed in.

    Members of the Integrity Group, led by Hon. Farouk Lawan, have however vowed to appoint a Speaker pro-tempore today to preside over the debate on the report of the Hon. David Idoko-led nine-member ad-hoc committee that investigated the N628 million contracts for the renovation of the official residences of the Speaker and her deputy as well as the purchase of official vehicles for the principal officers of the House.

    They maintained that the Speaker has no moral right to preside over the debate, stressing that she could not be a judge in her own case.

    Yesterday

  2. alukome says:

    Vanguard

    Etteh: Reps in rowdy session

    Written by Leon Usigbe, Tordue Salem & Laide Akinboade
    Tuesday, 16 October 2007

    THE much awaited House of Representatives debate on the Idoko Panel report was stalled, yesterday, after members opposed to Speaker Patricia Etteh made spirited efforts to force her to step aside from presiding on the issue. The House then adjourned till today, following the Speaker

  3. Alade48 says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The photograph is a depiction of the society at large. What exactly is the depiction? Fighting to support corruption and defend the indefesible. And that is the country that OBJ inherited from the master himself, IBB. And on his second comming, he refined and gave us these Reps who would fight for what is blatantly wrong. And OBJ left for us all theselegacies?. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Mr. President. OOOOps, Good Luck President Yar’Adua. May God see you through.

  4. Alade48 says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The photograph is a depiction of the society at large. What exactly is the depiction? Fighting to support corruption and defend the indefesible. And that is the country that OBJ inherited from the master himself, IBB. And on his second comming, he refined and gave us these Reps who would fight for what is blatantly wrong. And OBJ left for us all these legacies?. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Mr. President. OOOOps, Good Luck President Yar’Adua. May God see you through.

  5. Oluseye says:

    Patricia Etteh, you are a big disgrace as a woman and a Nigerian mother. You should actually be behind bars in a civilised society.

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