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House Of Reps Reveals When It Will Consider Motion On Pantami

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has revealed when it will consider the motion demanding the sack of the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Naija News had reported how the House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, faulted the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, for raising a point of order calling for the sack of Pantami over his past views supporting terror groups such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

The speaker knocked the lawmaker for raising an external matter under privilege, which concerns issues that affect only lawmakers.

When plenary resumed on Thursday, a Borno lawmaker, Ahmed Jaha, drew the attention of his colleagues to reports claiming that the house blocked a motion on Pantami.

In a statement on Friday, the House spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, said the House will consider the motion demanding the Pantami’s sack when it is presented properly.

Kalu also denied such reports, saying that the Green Chanber is ready to consider the motion from Elumelu when it is properly presented.

The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt, the House is guided by the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives (House Rules) in its operations and administration.

“In this case, the Minority Leader has been asked to bring his views via a House motion to enable others to contribute to it in a truly democratic fashion, after which the House would be able to take a position on the issue.

“It is, therefore, pertinent to inform Nigerians that the House has not acted in error, but in line with the provisions of its rules.

“All insinuations that the House did not allow democratic debate to take place on the important issue of Pantami’s resignation are simply untrue.

“The House acknowledges the severity of the issue and its nature as a matter of public concern.

“As always, the House stands ready to give an audience to Rep. Elumelu or any other member of the House on this issue, provided that such audience is sought through the proper channels and brought under the relevant rules of the House.”

Source: Naija News

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.