Rep levels walkout, accuses deputy speaker of discrimination

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency, Rivers State, Cyril Hart, on Tuesday throughout plenary, walked out of the inexperienced chamber after accusing the Deputy Speaker of discriminating towards new members throughout parliamentary debates.

Hart, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, made the allegation a couple of minutes after the lawmaker representing Damboa/Gwoza/Chibok Federal Constituency, Borno State, moved a movement condemning the latest suicide bombings which claimed lives within the North-Eastern State.

The movement elicited debates from many lawmakers together with the Chairman, House Committee on Navy, Idris Wase; the Chairman, Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson and a bunch of others who have been recognised to talk by Kalu who presided over the plenary within the absence of the Speaker, Mr Tajudeen Abbas.

Most of the lawmakers given alternative by Kalu to contribute to the movement have been rating members of the legislative chamber.

After the controversy, Kalu was about to place the movement to a vote when Hart raised a degree of order.

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“You do not give preference to first-timers. You don’t”, Hart voiced out his frustration to the admiration of his colleagues, lots of whom, applauded his intervention.

“Virtually all those who spoke are ranking members. This is what you always do. You need to allow first-timers to make their contributions,” Hart added,

Responding, Kalu mentioned, “There is no discrimination in the parliament. I was also a first-timer at a time.”

Kalu added that lawmakers are sometimes recognised to talk primarily based on their sitting association, including that they might be neglected if somebody is just not within the designated row.

At this level, Hart staged a walkout from the chamber, complaining on his manner out.



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