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Rowdy Session: Reps Kingsley Chinda Reveals Why Opposition Members Staged A Walk Out Over Twitter Ban Debate

by Anita Ogona

The Green chamber was today thrown into a rowdy section after the Speaker, Gbajabiamila, ruled PDP caucus leader, Kingsley Chinda, out of order. Kingsley Chinda had prayed that the Twitter ban imposed by the federal government be suspended in the interim. However, following opposition to the motion, lawmakers and some members of the PDP staged a walkout.

The Speaker of the house,  Femi Gbajabiamila had earlier asked relevant committees of the House to investigate the matter within 10 days. But Leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, much later, raised a point of order to make an additional prayer that the House should ask the Federal Government to lift the ban pending when the House probes the ban.

According to Chinda, the implication is that the ban would remain for 10 days, which means the rights of Nigerians would be kept in abeyance during the period when the matter is being probed.

Gbajabiamila, however, cited part of the Standing Orders of the House stating that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate. The Speaker, therefore, ruled Chinda out of order, a decision that did not go down well the members of the opposition,

As several leaders of the  House kept on insisting to speak on the matter but the Speaker kept on shutting them down, Chinda led other PDP members out of the chamber. The lawmakers later briefed journalists at the press center. Chinda, who  spoke on behalf of the lawmakers said the House will move an official motion tomorrow to that effect. He added that the motion may likely be rejected by the House, but the lawmakers will move the motion notwithstanding.

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