The House of Representatives is to investigate the cause of the commotion that led to an attempt to snatch the mace on Wednesday following the announcement of the principal officers of the minority parties.
This is even as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila warned that the resolve of the House should not be tested by aggrieved members, who he said ought to know how to seek redress through due process, as laid down in the House rules.
The Speaker’s warning came after series of interruptions in the name of point of order by Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers).
The Speaker told the lawmaker to take his appropriate seat in the chamber.
Complaints by the Chinda-led group began with the lawmaker occupying the seat allocated to the Minority Leader in the front row.
After the Speaker settled in his seat and approved the votes and proceedings for the previous legislative day, where Ndudi Elumelu and others were selected as Minority principal officers, which attracted applause and shouts of Gbaja! Gbaja!! from the floor, Chinda raised a point of order.
But Gbajabiamila did not allow him to speak.
The lawmaker made other attempts but the Speaker did not allow him.
The Speaker implored the House to be mindful of Orders 9 and 10
While Order 9 borders on rules of debates and behaviour of members in the House, Order 10 is about order in the House during debates and how the Speaker is to be heard in silence, contempt in the face of the House as well as the powers vested in the Speaker dealing with erring members at plenary or committee meetings.
Chinda immediately raised a point of order and the Speaker promptly replied: “Without asking you for your point of order, you are overruled.
“I will not hear you; you are not in your allocated seat. There are allocated seats. You won’t be recognized until you take your appropriate seat.
“Please, let me make it clear: I’m pleading; please, do not test the resolve of this House or you will have cause to regret”.
Benjamin Kalu (Abia), relying on Order 6 (19)(b), said the event of Wednesday, where an attempt was made to snatch the mace, left him terrified and traumatized because it was the least he expected from his colleagues, especially ranking members.
“That was an attempt to destroy the integrity of this House,” he said while praying that the matter and the instigator, Gogo Bright (PDP, Rivers), be investigated with a view to preventing a reoccurrence.
His submission was met with applause from the floor.