Fresh cri­sis hits Reps over com­mit­tees

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has been hit by fresh cri­sis over the se­lec­tion of chair­men and deputies of the 95 stand­ing com­mit­tees set up last week by Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara.

This comes as a mem­ber loyal to Dog­ara’s main chal­lenger, House Leader Femi Gba­jabi­amila, Rep Sun­day Ade­poju (APC, Oyo) re­signed his po­si­tion as deputy chair­man of the com­mit­tee on spe­cial du­ties, while an­other who sup­ported Dog­ara, Has­san Saleh (PDP, Benue) re­signed as deputy chair­man of the com­mit­tee on lo­cal con­tent.

Saleh’s res­ig­na­tion was con­tained in a let­ter he ad­dressed to Dog­ara. Con­firm­ing the res­ig­na­tion, House spokesman, Ab­dul­razak Nam­das said the speaker would de­cide on the law­maker’s de­ci­sion to re­sign.

Only on Tues­day, a mem­ber loyal to Gba­jabi­amila and im­me­di­ate past deputy mi­nor­ity whip, Garba Mo­hammed Datti (APC, Kaduna), re­signed his po­si­tion as the chair­man of the House com­mit­tee on solid min­er­als. He was re­placed with an­other Gba­jabi­amila loy­al­ist Rep Sa­maila Suleiman (APC, Kaduna).

At yes­ter­day’s ple­nary, Rep Ade­poju cited Or­der 6, which deals with mat­ters of priv­i­leges, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the set­ting up of the com­mit­tees last week.

Re­act­ing, House spokesman, Nam­das said what Ade­poju did on the floor was against the House rules, say­ing there are ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels to fol­low for res­ig­na­tion.

On Datti’s res­ig­na­tion, Nam­das said the speaker had picked the law­maker as chair­man of the solid min­er­als com­mit­tee be­cause of his ex­pe­ri­ence and in view of the re­solve of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to di­ver­sify the econ­omy, say­ing “but we re­spect his opin­ion as a mem­ber who de­cided to re­sign.”

Daily Trust learnt from re­li­able sources that Ade­poju was not the only mem­ber that wanted to re­sign his po­si­tion yes­ter­day, as there were four oth­ers that wanted to do so with him. They could not do so be­cause of what hap­pened to their col­league, it was fur­ther gath­ered.

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