The House of Representatives descended into full blown crisis Thursday as rancorous members disrupted its session and engaged themselves over the election of House principal officers.
The House broke into two factions, one supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which seeks to choose the House principal officers, and another, backing the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who insists on defying the party.
The House and the Senate have been rocked by crisis over the election of their principal officers. Thursday’s crisis started as the speaker arrived at the House to commence plenary.
Shortly after settling in, APC members began to raise points of order as some lawmakers rushed for the mace, the symbol of authority of the House.
Just days after a similar fight between two senators, the tension that had brewed in the House of Representatives took a different turn on Thursday with the rejection of the party’s list of lawmakers for principal offices by lawmakers loyal to the Speaker.
While the lawmakers engaged each other, PDP members from the South-South and South-Eastern zones of Nigeria formed a shied around Dogara who sat watching the drama unruffled.
He however adjourned sitting of the House to 21st July. Many of the lawmakers condemned the fracas describing it as disgraceful.
Speaking later on the issue, Femi Gbajabiamila, the member from Lagos, said the issues would be looked into and settled amicably.
His colleague, Nasiru Sani Zangon Daura, representing Zango/Baure Federal Constituency of Katsina State, who also issued a statement on the fracas, gave reasons why the legislators engaged themselves in such level of violence.
Daura said: “We are here on behalf of our colleagues of the APC House Caucus to explain to you the unfortunate occurrence during today’s plenary session”.