A fight broke out during a plenary session of the House of Representatives between two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over who should be leader, deputy leader, chief whip and deputy.
Attempts were made to snatch the mace from the chamber. The mace is now with the House security.
Watch the show of shame here:
One member held up a sign stating “Nigerians voted for party. Party should be supreme”. This must have been in reference to the refusal by a faction in the House to toe the party line and accept the party’s (some say Bola Tinubu’s) nominees for the principal positions.
Well, considering how there was widespread rigging from both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the (s)election, it is hard to argue that Nigerians voted for these people and their parties.
The argument that the party is supreme is true only to the extent that members are elected on the platform of the party. But the constitution holds that it is up to elected members to choose their officers of the House. So party interference in legislative affairs is not really the right thing to do.
The disruption in the House is further evidence that the “progressives” tag on the APC is just a mere label and the posturing about “change” may fit with what PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh called “obtaining power by false pretences”. Obtaining stuff by “false pretences” is the legal definition of fraud, commonly known as “419” – named after the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code.
The APC members seem to be confirming that they have 419ed Nigerians.