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Reps challenge Speaker over positions

by CredibleNews

The House of Representatives witnessed a rowdy session Wednesday over the announcement of minority leadership positions.

The controversy started when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila decided to jettison a letter by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nominating Kingsley Chinda as Minority Leader.

The speaker went ahead to announce Ndudi Elumelu as Minority Leader, a development which sparked protest by members of the PDP as an unidentified lawmaker grabbed the mace provoking a rowdy session.

The opposition party had in a letter announced Chinda as its leader in the House. Its decision was contained in a letter dated June 26 and addressed to the speaker.

A similar letter from the party was sent to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on the party’s choice of Eyinnaya Abaribe as its Minority Leader.

But Gbajabiamila unlike his Senate counterpart announced different names for various minority leadership positions.

The PDP is the largest minority party in the House. Chinda and Elumelu are members of the opposition party.

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