(Breaking) 8th Abia Assembly Imbroglio: After Walkout, PDP Members Head to Court for Interpretation of Standing Order 8, Rule 42

More facts have emerged as to why the 11 members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the Abia State House of Assembly staged a walkout during Tuesday’s Plenary.

Addressing newsmen after the walkout, member representing Ukwa West State Constituency, Hon. Godwin Adiele, recalled that on Friday last week, there was confusion when the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Emeruwa, started announcing principal officers and PDP members were swift to inform him that it wasn’t part of the agreement reached and they staged a walkout which led to the abrupt end of plenary on the said day.

He added that the events of that day was captured in the minutes of the last seating but surprisingly during Tuesday’s plenary, PDP members made observation that the minutes was not in order because they objected to the announcement of Principal officers, saying it is never done anywhere in Parliament that a party with a majority will concede the leadership of the House to opposition party.

Hon. Adiele, noted that on discovering this, they drew the attention of the Speaker for it to be expunged or it should be put on hold till the issue is resolved, stressing that they cannot tolerate that hence they staged a walkout.

Speaking on the next line of action, member representing Obingwa East State Constituency, Hon. Solomon Akpulonu, said the PDP members in the House will advise the party in the State on the way forward, maintaining that there is no law that empowers minority party in the House to announce principal officers in the House.

He informed that the PDP will also go to court to seek interpretation of the House standing 8 order, rule 42 that says that the majority leader shall be selected from amongst the members of the party that has the majority members in the House of Assembly, adding that there is impunity in Abia State currently.

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