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It all started when the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal revealed that a letter requesting a scheduled visit to meet with the leadership of the House and PDP Caucus written by the chairman of the PDP Bamanga Tukur was also received but withdrawn early yesterday morning.
The new PDP’s letter which was signed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola brought proceedings to an abrupt halt and set members off in a riotous shouting match for almost thirty minutes.
“There was a communication from our leader Bamanga Tukur to address the PDP caucus, but he withdrew his letter this morning and that was why I couldn’t read it,” Tambuwal said.
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If Tukur had not withdrawn the letter, both factions would have been meeting with the lawmakers about the same time.
Members swirled around, screaming party slogans at the top of their voices and the chamber resonated with screams of no, yes, no yes.
Subsequently they milled around and discussed in loud tones and passionate gesticulations.
The Speaker’s chair was surrounded by scores of members giving various advice and suggestions simultaneously, while wary sergeants- at- arms formed a wall of protection around the mace.
Yesterday’s session to a large extent mirrored the polarity amongst members of the old and the new PDP as well as the expression of the tension that was a spill over of the fractionalisation of the PDP.
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