Rivers crisis: Reps member tackles colleagues over alleged spread of falsehood in parliament

The spokesman for a group of 60 opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, on Tuesday, June 11, accused his colleague, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, of spreading falsehood during a plenary session.

Raising a matter of privilege, Ugochinyere requested that the House enforce the provisions of the Legislative House Privileges Act on Hon. Gagdi, which could include suspending him from the House among other punishments.

Hon. Gagdi had informed the House that Ugochinyere led some members on a politically motivated solidarity visit to the governor of Rivers state, under the guise of representing the House of Representatives.

He alleged that, despite being aware of an oversight visit by the House Committee on Local Content to Rivers State, Ugochinyere misrepresented the visit to the media as a solidarity visit to the Rivers Governor, as reported by a national newspaper.

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However, Ugochinyere said he led a group of 40 “Like Minded” lawmakers to attend a thanks service by the Rivers Governor in their personal capacities and not in the name or on behalf of the House.

He said the members who attended the thanksgiving service were not members of the House committee on local content, adding that the Plateau lawmaker engaged in spreading falsehood on the floor of the House.

Ruling on the matter, Speaker Abbas Tajudeen said the leadership will look into the matter, adding that whenever he is invited, he should gladly honour the invitation with his statement.

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