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Published On: Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

Zamfara House of Assembly members in fisticuffs, mace broken

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APC-vs-PDPFrom Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The Zamfara state House of Assembly sitting was yesterday disrupted by a brawl between the majority members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and minority members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which led to the break of the mace.

The unruly physical combat erupted, following a demand by a Minority Leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Dole, who stood his ground that the proceedings from the last sitting must be read before yesterdays’ proceedings could commence.

The move was turned down by the members of the APC, who preferred the reading of the old proceeding instead, the situation which virtually provoked the eight minority PDP members, who without hesitation rushed to the mace stand to seize and broke it into pieces.

The action did not go down well with the members from the majority, a development which led to an engagement into an open physical combat that caused various degrees of injuries on the members across the House.

The minority members however, forced their way to escape into an uncompleted building, led by the Minority Leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Dole, who addressed newsmen on their stand, lamenting that members of the majority were even passing motions and taking financial decisions that ran into billions of naira outside the chambers without their consent.

Dole further cried that the members of the majority, on June 23, sent text messages inviting members of the House for a sitting to rule on financial decisions, which was deliberately dispersed even after it was attended by a full House.

“All the eight of us left the House, but only to discover that they sat outside the chamber and signed all their members present, including the majority leader, who was away in Saudi Arabia and consented on the state governor’s earlier request for approval to sell-off the state-owned shares worth N24 billion at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC)”, stressed the minority leader.

He further lamented that the yesterday’s sitting was also organised to bend the provisions of constitution into giving chance to the state governor to engage into drawing of another two separate loans worth three billion naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

When accosted on the controversy, the Majority Leader, who presided over the controversial sitting, Alhaji Salisu Tsafe, maintained that, “we are studying the situation, after which we will respond accordingly”.

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