MEMBERS of the House of Representatives on Monday started its special plenary on fuel price hike on a rowdy note. At about 12.15pm, the Speaker Yakubu Dogara immediately after prayers read the proceedings of the previous sitting and moved for the admittance of Minister of State, Petroleum Resources,Dr Ibe Kachikwu, into the chamber but the shout of No! No!! No!!! rented the air.
But after the Speaker finished his comment, allowing the leader to move the motion, there was a resounding ‘nay’ from the opposition lawmakers mostly members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in rejection of the motion. Yakubu Dogara, however ignored the strength of the ‘Nay’ prayers by ruling in favour of the ‘Ayes’ as the majority leader quickly moved for the admittance of Dr Kachikwu. Some members waving the national flag started shouting ‘all we are saying save Nigeria’ while others started chanting ‘change, another set of lawmakers predominantly PDP Reps started shouting ‘shame’ ‘shame’. At this stage, the Minority Leader, Rep Leo Ogor at about 12.19pm approached the speaker and after a brief chat with him, he joined his fellow lawmakers. Also the Majority Leader Rep Femi Gbajabiamila and some of the lawmakers approached the speaker but the noise continued as all attempts by the Majority Whip, Rep Ado Doguwa fell on deaf ears. Suddenly, frayed tempers disappeared and the speaker gave the minority leader the floor and he immediately moved for a closed door meeting