Angry members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) walked out of the Abia State House of Assembly building on Tuesday, causing a tense situation.
Eleven members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) left the House in a huff after the Labour Party (LP) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP) were named as its new primary executives on Friday.
Since the Speaker did not include the job of Minority Leader in his or her announcement, it remains open.
Godwin Adiele, who represents the Ukwa West constituency, addressed the press on Tuesday on behalf of his colleagues and said that the abrupt conclusion to Friday’s session was apparently not recorded in the minutes of Tuesday’s proceedings.
He went on to say that PDP lawmakers had requested that Speaker Emmanuel Emeruwa table all pending business until the majority-minority issues were settled.
He questioned the logic behind forcing a politically dominant party to act as if it were a legislative minority.
He asked that the House’s Order 8, Rule 42 be observed and warned that the PDP would seek judicial review.
On the day that commissioner nominees were scheduled to be vetted, PDP legislators walked out.
A consensus between LP MPs and their equivalents from the YPP and APC led to the creation of new main officers, as revealed by Speaker Emmanuel Emeruwa.
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