Reps: Crisis loom, as Chinda faction takes over Minority seats

Bode Akindele

The legislative activities in the Nigerian House of Representatives suffered major setback on Thursday as the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction took over the seats reserved for the prinicpal officers of the Minority parties.

Sequel to looming crisis at plenary, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, his deputy, Idris Wase and lawmakers drawn from the 9 political parties are in closed door meeting to fine tune the next stretegic plan.

Recall that the Wednesday plenary was abruptly adjourned by Speaker Gbajabiamila sequel to the pandemonium caused by the announcement of Hon. Ndudi Elumelu as Minority Leader; Hon. Toby Okechukwu as Deputy Minority Leader; Hon. Gideon Gwani as Minority Whip and Hon. Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip.

The faction of Hon. Kingsley Chinda who was favoured by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also has Hon. Chukwuma Onyema as Deputy Minority Leader; Hon. Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip and Hon. Muraina Ajibola as Deputy Chief Whip after holding a brief meeting in Conference Room 1 ahead of plenary session, resolved to take over the four front roll seats reserved for the principal officers of the Minority Parties.

However, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu led faction is yet to resume at plenary, at about 11.33am.

Meanwhile, the legislative activities which ought to commence at 11am is yet to take-off as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his Deputy, Hon. Idris Wase are yet to come into the Chambers.