Benue Lawmakers Clash Over Defection, Majority Leadership

This is not the first time it is being reported that lawmakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be involved in arguments so tense and fierce that eventually translates into physical assaults and individual combats. But, the latest brawl that happened in Assembly must have taken everyone by surprise.

As reported by several media agencies in Nigeria, Lawmakers at the House of Assembly clashed with one another on Tuesday June 23, 2015.

According to several sources, the clash was fueled by a letter purportedly addressed to the Speaker of the House by members of the All Progressives Congress () to appoint majority leader for the Assembly.

But, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party’s free for all fight at plenary started when the Speaker of the , Mr Terkimbi Kyange, read the APC’s letter in which it claimed majority after a lawmaker of the Peoples Democratic Party () defected into its fold, which gave it a marginal lead over the PDP. The Sergeant At-Arm quickly removed the mace while fighting was going on.

The lawmaker in the eye of the storm, Mr Nick Eworo, hinged his defection on his expulsion from the PDP at the local government level.

The PDP lawmakers quickly arrested the reading of the letter via a motion to declare the seat of Mr Eworo vacant in line with Section 190 of the 1999 constitution.

Points of order for and against the motion of the PDP lawmakers to declare Mr Eworo’s seat vacant flew from all directions.

Mr Kyange then overruled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers’ motion, declining the request to declare the said member’s seat vacant.

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