Dogara to suspend members involved in free-for-all

Indication emerged on Thursday that the leadership of the House of Representatives might wield the big stick on lawmakers culpable for the free-for-all that ensued over the composition of leadership of majority party of the House, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing newsmen at the National Assembly, after the plenary session, chairman, ad hoc committee on media, Honourable Mohammed Sani Zorro, said “the conduct of these members amount to contempt of the House and is in clear violation of the Standing Orders of the House and Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act and the customs and traditions of Parliament.”

According to him, “the conduct of these members at this point in time was contrary to the Standing Orders of the House, as no further activities could take place at that point.

“It was obvious from the action of these members that they were acting on a premeditated script, as some of them even carried placards with inscriptions on them.

“These members attempted to seize the mace, which is the symbol of authority of the House and other sundry acts of fighting, fracas, misconduct, disruption and they also committed unparliamentary actions unbecoming of the status of honourable members.”

While justifying the action of the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, for calling for the executive session, Honourable Zorro said “the mechanism of an executive session is usually employed by the leadership to discuss and resolve any issue that may require urgent attention of members or that may be contentious. Only members are participants in the executive session.”

The House, according to him, sincerely apologised to Nigerians for the ugly event of Thursday.

Source: The Tribune