OrderPaperToday – The fall-out from the appointment of minority leadership position in the House of Representatives continues today as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, a short while ago, warned Kingsley Chinda not to test the resolve of the House.
The Speaker while reacting to a point of order raised by Chinda, who is the nominee for the position of minority leader as contained in a letter to the Speaker by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declined to recognize him.
Mr. Gbajabiamila asked Chinda to move to his allotted seat in the chamber.
Chinda came in earlier, and occupied the Minority leader designated seat, the new Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu and his entourage followed the Speaker’s procession of the Speaker, upon discovering that Chinda was already on that seat, Linda Ikpeazu directed the Minority leader and his entourage to other seats on the minority row.
The Speaker after the prayer, adopted the vote and proceeding that in effect adopted the event of yesterday which gave authority to the announcement of the Minority leadership. This act elicited a round of applause and chant of Gbaja! Gbaja!! from a segment of the Chamber.
The Chinda first point of Order got “without asking you what your point of order is, you are over ruled” response from the Speaker.
Undeterred, Chinda attempted to raise a point of order again, the Speaker responded that “I will not recognize you, you are not in your allocated seat.”
Following a swearing in ceremony of a lawmaker, Chinda made attempt again, and the Speaker gave a stern warning.
“I want to make this point and make it clear, if you are not sitting on your seat, I will not recognize you.
“Do not test the resolve of this, house, if you try, you will regret it.”
Chinda made another attempt for the fifth time, and the Speaker responded again, “Chinda do not try my resolve.”
Coming to the rescue of Chinda, Mark Gbillah coming under Order 6 rule 2, and citing section 19(b) of Powers and Privileges act.
He said, “With all due respect, I consider the comment of the Speaker a threat.”
The Speaker interjected, saying “look at your dictionary, and see the difference between warning and threat.”