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House of representative members Monday, started its special plenary on fuel price hike on a rowdy note, Vanguard News says
The Nation Newspaper's, account has it that members of the opposition in the House of Representatives vehemently opposed the admittance of the Minister of State (Petroleum Resources), Ibe Kachikwu into the chamber Monday afternoon.
Kachikwu was scheduled to address the lawmakers Monday on the latest development over hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
However, trouble started when plenary resumed and time for the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to move for the admittance of the Minister into the Chamber.
After the motion was seconded, the Speaker put the question but the nays were more than the ayes.
The Speaker ruled in favour of the ayes before banging the gavel but before he could drop the gavel, “No, no, All we are saying, save Nigeria and APC shame” rent the air.
After about three minutes, the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa approached the Speaker for consultation.
The Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, who was seen placating his colleagues and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor later joined the Speaker’s consultation group.
While some members, waving the national flag, started shouting ‘all we are saying save Nigeria,’ others were chanting ‘change’ with mainly PDP Reps shouting ‘shame,’ ‘shame.’
At this stage, the Minority Leader, Rep Leo Ogor, approached the Speaker and after a brief chat with him, joined his fellow lawmakers.
Also, the Majority Leader and some of the lawmakers approached the Speaker, but the noise continued as all appeals by the Majority Whip, Ado Doguwa, to his colleagues fell on deaf ears. Suddenly, frayed tempers disappeared and the Speaker gave the Minority Leader the floor and he immediately moved for a closed-door meeting.