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Reps slams Adamu over comments on 10th NASS principal officers

House of Representatives on Sunday blasted the All Progressives Congress ( APC), National chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, over his comment on the nomination of principal officers in the National Assembly.

The Deputy chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon Ikenga Ugochinyere, while speaking at a press briefing, in Abuja, said Adamu’s comment was aimed at creating crisis between the executive and legislature.

He explained that the principal officers were elected in accordance with the standing rules of the House, which mandates the majority and minority caucuses to select their leaders from amongst themselves.

Ugochinyere added that before the election of the principal officers, the members of the House, including those from the APC, had consulted widely with their respective political parties.

According to him, if you look at Order 7, Rule of , 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12, the House Standing Rules, it is very clear that members of the National Assembly both in the Senate and in House of Representatives shall freely elect or nominate from among themselves the majority leader, deputy minority leader, minority whip and deputy minority whip.

“And if you go to order 7 rule 12, it lays emphasis that even to change this leaders, when nominated, that you will require, after due notice to the leadership simple majority among the members to remove them.

“What is the import of this? The power to select, the power to nominate under the 2020 amended standing order of the House of Representatives rests squarely on the members of the different caucuses of the parliament whether majority or minority.

“It is on that note that I want to inform you that the selection of the leadership of the different caucuses of the House of Representatives was done by members of the National Assembly in accordance with the standing order.

“Politically also, consultations were extensively carried out by the PDP, LP, NNPP up to the APC. I remember the leadership visited Keffi to meet with the National chairman in furtherance of that consultation to be be able to carry every body along.”

The lawmaker added
“that is why it was unwelcome to hear the party chairman, Abdullahi Adamu trying to disrespect the statutory decision of the National assembly. It was unhealthy. It was unacceptable.

“And it is important to understand that prior to the election of the principles officers both at the Senate and the House of Representatives, members of the parliament across political parties met with the president and agreed on a harmonious working relationship that will not jeopardize the independence of the parliament.

“While we agree that the independence of the National assembly will be respected by the president, and lawmakers are goimg to work with n the president in delivering people centered and executive agenda,

“What the national chairman has done is an attempt to sabotage that harmonious working relationship that is aimed at delivering on parliamentary goals. And creating internal rumble and disunity that will not allow us have smooth working relationship. And that is unacceptable. The members of APC should call their chairman to order.


Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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