The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu on Thursday, September 16, alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is using intimidation tactics to draw opposition politicians into its fold.
Elumelu further slammed the Buhari administration for the sorry state of affairs in the country; where insecurity, inflation as well as unemployment are at unprecedented levels.
1st News learned that during the plenary, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila announced the defection of a member of the House, Hon. Chisom Dike from Rivers, who joined the APC from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He thereafter called on the Clerk of the House, Barrister Chinedu Akubueze, to as a matter urgency update the register of members according to their parties, saying “I’m not sure the number is still the same as we came in two years ago.”
This was after an attempt by Hon. Ossai Nicholas, (PDP, Delta), to challenge the defection on the point of law; as well as the constitution was ruled out of order by the Speaker.
Gbajabiamila, at this point interjected; saying that the House as well as the APC wouldn’t accept a one-party state.
The event had largely gone without further objections when the Speaker, after ruling Hon. Ossai out of order — called on the Minority leader, Elumelu, asking why he was “awfully quiet”, and that “is everything alright?”
“No! no!! we can’t have one party state. We can’t continue like this. (Laughs).
Hon. Elumelu, Minority Leader, you are awfully quiet. Is everything okay. You want to say something?” Gbajabiamila asked.
Elumelu obliged by reminding the majority party of its many failings; which he said were not encouraging enough to attract defections in a good political and also democratic atmosphere, save for its intimidation of the opposition.
“Mr. Speaker, it’s very funny, how the APC-led government is priding themselves that they intimidate people to join their party while Nigerians can’t sleep. There is insecurity in the nation. Today, Zamfara is locked down. Even Katsina is totally locked up”, he pointed out.
Gbajabiamila again interjected: “Do you want to bring a motion on security? The issue is the crossing of one of your members to the APC.”
Elumelu continues: “An Emir recently just installed has been kidnapped. Too bad, that an Emir who came just this week for a visa and also went home to just get documents that will enable him go for his medical checkup has been kidnapped. This clearly shows that APC-led government is leading the nation very bad.”
“When the House leader is busy priding himself that people are coming to APC, until APC-led government is able to provide security of lives as well as property, we can’t have a safe Nigeria as we speak.”