Dogara, Gbajabiamila Loyalist Engage In Physical Combat


Loyalists of Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of House of Representatives and Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority leader, on Tuesday, November 10, engaged in a fight over the constitution of the 96 Standing Committees of the House.

According to Vanguard, trouble started when the inaugurated Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory, Herman Hembe, representing Konshisha/Vandekiya Federal Constituency of Benue State, who is also Dogara’s supporter allegedly slapped his colleague, Magaji Aliyu representing Birnin-Kudu/Buji Federal Constituency of Jigawa State a supporter of Gbajabiamila over an argument on the committees composition.

The timely intervention of Yussuff Lasun, the Deputy Speaker, saved the situation from escalating as he made frantic efforts to pacify the members.

A lawmaker who spoke under the condition of anonymity, noted that the caucus meeting chaired by Lasun was aimed at deliberating on the actions of Gbajabiamila and his loyalists.

This recent development which was at the lobby forced about 100 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to gather in groups to discuss the ongoing crisis.

Ado Doguwa, the Chief Whip speaking after the caucus meeting dismissed alleged plans to impeach the majority leader.

Prior to this, Gbajabiamila had shunned the inauguration ceremony of the House committees during the special plenary. Some of his allies who had participated in the inauguration later went to the APC Secretariat to criticize the Speaker for allegedly working against President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.

Gbajabiamila had accused Dogara of undermining the offices of the principal officers in the process of constituting the committees.

Meanwhile the deputy chairman, media and public affairs committee, Jonathan Gaza has denied the rumoured rift between Dogara and Gbajabiamila.

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According to earlier reports, both leaders were said to have been at loggerheads over the recent composition of the house committees.

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