…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Resumption Date Shifted:
The House of Representatives has once again postponed its resumption date from May 16 to May 23.
The decision was announced by the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Danzaria, who stated that the delay would allow returning members-elect to participate in the second batch of induction.
Reason for the Shift:
According to the statement released on Monday, the purpose of rescheduling was to ensure that members in the second batch could fully partake in the induction program for the 10th National Assembly.
The National Assembly Management, in collaboration with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), is organizing the induction, in which approximately 235 lawmakers are expected to participate.
Forgery Allegation and Plenary Adjournment:
Amidst allegations that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila forged the standing rule to favor Tajudeen Abass, the House of Representatives adjourned plenary until the following Tuesday.
Some disgruntled lawmakers who oppose Abass’s emergence as a candidate believe that there is more to the adjournment than meets the eye.
Accusations Against Gbajabiamila:
The lawmakers who voiced their grievances accused Gbajabiamila of introducing amendments to the standing rules in a covert manner, aiming to manipulate them into casting their votes for Abass during the voting process.
They expressed surprise at the newly introduced provision, which required members to openly declare the candidate of their choice, whereas the previous rule had called for voting through an open secret ballot.
The delay in the House of Representatives’ resumption and the subsequent allegations of forgery surrounding Speaker Gbajabiamila have introduced a cloud of uncertainty and controversy into the proceedings of the 10th National Assembly.
The decision to postpone the resumption date underscores the significance placed on the participation of all members in the induction program, ensuring they are adequately prepared for their legislative responsibilities.
The accusations against Gbajabiamila raise concerns about the transparency and fairness of the voting process within the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers who oppose Abass’s candidacy perceive the introduced amendments as an attempt to influence their voting decisions and limit their autonomy in the selection process.
These developments emphasize the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring a level playing field within the legislative institution.