By Bem Abunde
The Benue State House of Assembly today witnessed a rowdy session following the refusal of the member representing Logo State Constituency, Mr. Kester Kyenge to abide by Parliamentary Practice and Procedures for moving a motion of Urgent Public Importance as contained in Order 8, Rule 4.
Trouble started shortly after the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange called for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings of 12th July, 2016., but as the lawmakers commenced page by page consideration of the Votes and Proceedings, Mr. Kester Kyenge cited Order 8, Rule 4 a, to allow for the adjournment of the House to enable it discuss a matter of Urgent public importance.
When the Speaker demanded to know what constitutes a matter of urgent public importance, Mr. Kyenge said he was referring to an issue on the first page of the Votes and Proceeding which was under consideration leading to its adoption.
The Speaker thereafter ruled him out of Order explaining that all members were expected to go through the Votes and Proceedinbs and bring out any issue they wished to observe, corrected or discussed, stressing that he (Kester) needs not come by way of a motion of Urgent Public Importance as contained in the Standing Rules of the House (Order 8, Rule 4 a.).
According to the Speaker, the B part of the cited Order demands that lawmakers will have to first of all brief the Speaker on the intended urgent matter before citing it on the floor as that was the conventional practice in the Assembly.
Following this ruling by the Speaker and the consequent refusal by Mr. Kyenge to respect the ruling and allow for the consideration of the Votes and Proceedings, the Chambers became rancourous with many lawmakers, mostly from the opposition PDP engaging one another in a War of Words.
All attempts by the Speaker to brought the Assembly under control failed as all the PDP members insisted that the Speaker must reverse his ruling to allow the Logo representing to continue with his motion of urgent public importance.
Mr. Ikyange accordingly invoked the relevant sections of the House Standing Rules to adjourned the Assembly for thirty minuted (in the first instance), and later adjourned the sitting to Thursday 21st July, at 10am when it became very clear that the PDP members were bent on disrupting the sitting.
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