Crisis looms in Reps over ‘doctored’ House rules

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Femi Gbajabiamila may face impeachment from office ahead of the inauguration of the 10th Assembly over alleged doctoring of the House Standing Order.

It was gathered that over 100 aggrieved members of the House have signed a notice of impeachment to be served on the Speaker at the resumption of plenary, Tuesday, which was moved to 16th of May.

The doctored standing rules, referred to as the 10th edition sighted has a new, strange and obnoxious provision for electing the Speaker and Deputy through an open ballot instead of the existing rule of secret ballot that has been in use since 1999.

Section 2 (f) (iii) of the controversial clause captioned “election of presiding officers” stated that, “every member voting shall name clearly and in the open the candidate of his choice.”

The election that brought the seating Speaker was through an open secret ballot that has been in use since 1999.

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