Wednesday, 20 July 2016

CHOAS AS:-PDP, APC lawmakers exchange blows in Benue state



– An alleged probe by the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) into the
purchase of cars for the
lawmakers has led to fracas in the
Benue state House of Assembly
– PDP lawmakers in the House
accuse the Speaker of corruption
and are demanding the
resignation of the principal
officers in the House
– The Speaker accuses 13 PDP
lawmakers of violating the law in
the purchase of the cars which
prompted the EFCC probe
Benue lawmakers engaging in
fisticuffs on Tuesday, July 19.
Photo credits: Channels TV
There was chaos at the Benue
state House of Assembly on
Tuesday, July 19, as proceedings
degenerated into fisticuffs between
lawmakers over an alleged 750
million naira car fraud.
According to Channels TV, the
fracas was fueled by an alleged
probe by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
into the purchase of cars for the
lawmakers.
The melee reportedly began on the
floor of the House in Makurdi, the
Benue state capital when
Honourable Kester Kyenge, who is
of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) raised a point of order
before the consideration of votes
and proceedings of the previous
sitting.
The Speaker of the House,
Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, who
belongs to the All Progressives
Congress (APC), sensed the danger
in the motion raised and ruled Mr
Kyenge out of order, causing
dissatisfaction among the PDP
lawmakers.
The situation led to members of
the PDP calling for the removal of
all principal officers of the House.
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But the APC-led legislature strongly
kicked against the calls by the
opposition.
The fracas then degenerated to
the stage where lawmakers from
the APC and the PDP used abusive
words against each other,
prompting the Speaker to adjourn
sitting to Thursday, July 21.
Speaking with newsmen, Kyenge in
company of his PDP colleagues,
expressed concern that the Benue
state government had failed to pay
workers six months salaries, amidst
rising insecurity in the state.
They also accused the Speaker of
corruption and again demanded the
resignation of the principal officers
in the House.
However, the Speaker on his part
dismissed the claims of the PDP
lawmakers and accused 13 of them
violating the law in the purchase of
the cars which prompted the EFCC
probe.