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PDP Reps Stop Attempted Probe of Jonathan’s Administration

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
A subtle move to bring some financial dealings of the Federal Government under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan into scrutiny by the House of Representatives was frustrated on Tuesday by members of the parliament elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) .
A motion listed on the Order Paper as fifth motion of the day sponsored by Hon Chike Okafor a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  from Imo State, had accused federal government agencies under the Jonathan administration of underhand dealings in tax remittance and unapproved spending of money meant for the Federation Account.
Okafor had commenced the reading of his motion when he was cut short in his presentation by two  PDP members who raised point of Order to stop him.
Their arguments centred on the technical flaws in his motion as listed on the Order paper.
With four motions taken, already  out of the seven listed on the Order paper, Speaker Yakubu Dogara who presided over the plenary called on Hon Okafor to move his motion and lead the debate on it.
In the motion as listed on the Order Paper, Hon Okafor sought to bring  to the attention of the parliament that allegations have been raised that the sum of $4 billion was paid as taxes and dividends by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNGL) between 2009 and 2014 without the sum reflecting in the account of the government while Jonathan was president of the country.
He also listed in the motion, allegations that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) spent $3.8 trillion in three years under the same administration without parliamentary appropriation.
Also, he noted that there are allegations that the sum of $2.1 billion was disbursed from the excess crude account without the approval of the National Economic Council (NEC) which are infractions.
Okafor had barely finished reading the first paragraph of his motion when a member, Edward Pwajok from Plateau State shouted “Point of Order” on top of his voice, to draw the attention of the Speaker.
In accordance with the laid down rules of the House which prescribed that point of order must be taken at all times when raised, Speaker Dogara yielded the floor to Pwajok to make his contribution while Okafor took his seat.
Relying on several sections of the Constitution and the Establishing Act of the NEC, Pwajok faulted the basis of the motion moved by Okafor, as he insisted that there was no solid foundation to believe what Okafor was raising in his motion as there was nothing tangible before the House on such.
He sought the leave of the House to have the motion stopped from being read and debated on the floor of the parliament.
His position was re-echoed by the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor who was called to speak immediately after Pwajok by the Speaker as he had also raised his voice in seeking permission to raise a point of Order.
He also took the motion by Okafor to the cleaners, saying the motion was defective on all sides.
The antagonism of the PDP members to the motion could however be explained by their attitude on the floor of the House yesterday as they were seen gathering and discussing in groups even while the House was in session.
Moving  of motions as listed on the Order paper had hardly commenced when the surreptitious movements of the PDP members were noticed on the floor, a situation that got the Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa shouting at the top of his voice calling on members to return to their seat and allow the plenary hold without distractions.
However, where the group was headed was revealed immediately the motion which tacitly seek a probe of the Jonathan administration was called up for debate.
With the PDP members having punctured his line of argument, Hon Okafor lost his confidence to continue his argument as he openly withdrew the motion when Speaker Dogara called on him to respond to the points raised by Pwajok and Ogor on his motion.
It was however noticed that Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila who could have assisted Okafor with robust argument in support of his motion was conspicuously absent on the floor of the parliament yesterday.



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  • Sep 30, 2015 at 10:38 am Henk

    I see… So the criminals are still within. See what delay from PMB is causing. I weep for naija

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