Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fight breaks out at House of Reps as Baraje, 7 govs meet lawmakers

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House of Representatives in session

The meeting by the leadership of the faction with lawmakers triggered a fight by lawmakers 

A meeting between the seven governors of the new Peoples Democratic Party faction, and members of the House of Representatives has ended after fighting broke out.

The governors, alongside the chairman of the faction, Abubakar Baraje, met first with senate president, David Mark.

A follow up meeting at the House of Representatives with Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, and members of the House, degenerated into chaos with supporters of the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP jeering at remarks made by Mr Baraje.

The chaos soon escalated after two members, Dagogo Peterside and Henry Ofongo, from Rivers and Bayelsa states respectively, went up against each other.

Mr. Baraje told Mr. Mark that President Goodluck Jonathan must give up his ambition for a new term.

More details  later ….

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Find our earlier post below.

The seven governors of the Abubakar Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party are currently meeting behind closed doors with President of the Senate, David Mark.

There is also a separate meeting between chairman Baraje himself and his supporters at the House of Representatives. Speaker Aminu Tambuwal is expected to lead the leadership of the House to the meeting.

The leadership of the faction and its seven governors last night held a strategy meeting where they reviewed the outcome of Sunday’s meeting between the ‘rebel’ governors and the president.

The meeting, our source said, also considered strategies for strengthening the faction in the light of last week’s pronouncement by Justice Elvis Chukwu of an Abuja High Court regarding the status of the faction.

The faction, we further learnt, also discussed the closure of its national and states secretariats by the police.
Also discussed was last week’s resignation of the National Treasurer of the faction, Tanko Gwamna, who subsequently pledged his allegiance to the BamangaTukur-led faction of the party.

The faction’s topshots, we learnt, also worked out modalities for identifying moles within its rank, our source said.

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