There was uproar on Thursday on the floor of House of Representatives over a motion calling on the Federal Government to be cautious on plans to remove fuel subsidy.
The motion enitled: “Alleged Plan to Remove Fuel Subsidy”, which was brought by a member, Albert Abiodun Adeogun (PDP Osun), became contentious and divided the House along partisan lines.
As Adeogun started his debate, a member, Herman Hembe, coming under point of order, noted that the rules of the House does not allow for motions hinged on speculation and hence it should not be entertained.
The House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, opposed the motion, saying it was based on mere allegations.
He said the government approved payment for subsidy totalling N413 billion.
Gbajabiamila received applause for his observation.
But the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, would hear none of such arguments and insisted that the motion be allowed to go through the legislative process of presentation, debate and adoption or rejection.
There were shouts of “no! no! no! no! from majority of APC members on the floor.
At this juncture, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, upheld Ogor’s position.
The PDP members in the chamber applauded the decision.
But the mover of the motion got jittery at this point and quickly withdrew the motion with shouts of approval from many members on the floor.