Members of the People’s Democratic Party in the House of Representatives on Tuesday staged a walkout during plenary following the refusal of the speaker to acknowledge their demand raised over the federal government’s Twitter ban.
The House earlier resolved to probe the legality of the ban and ordered concerned committees to report their findings within 10 days.
But much later, the leader of the minority caucus, Kingsley Chinda raised a point of order, asking that the Federal Government be compelled to lift the ban pending the investigation.
He noted that keeping the ban for the next 10 days means that Nigerians’ rights of free speech would be violated for no justified reason in that period.
But Gbajabiamila dismissed the order, citing a part of the Standing Orders of the House that states that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate.
He, therefore, asked Chinda to resume his seat.
But Chinda who was still upstanding continued with his motion.
Immediately, the lawmaker was attacked by the Leader of the House, Ado Doguwa and the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Mohammed Mongunu to comply with the speaker’s directive.
Insisting on speaking and several leaders of the House shutting him down, Chinda led other PDP members out of the chamber.