The House of Representatives has frowned at rumours making rounds that the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila blocked a motion by the Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu seeking the resignation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, describing it as untrue.

Spokesperson of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu in a statement on Thursday while explaining that the House is guided by Standing Orders added that the Minority has been asked to bring his view as a motion to enable others to make contributions to it.

While insisting that the House has acted within the confines of its rules, the Spokesperson expressed the readiness of the Green Chamber to give the Minority Leader or any other member a listening ear provided such is sought through the proper channels.


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For the avoidance of doubt, the House is guided by the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives (House Rules) in its operations and administration. In this case, the Minority Leader has been asked to bring his views via a House motion to enable others contribute to it in a true democratic fashion, after which the House would be able to take a position on the issue.

“It is, therefore, pertinent to inform Nigerians that the House has not acted in error, but in line with the provisions of its rules. All insinuations that the House did not allow democratic debate to take place on the important issue of Pantami’s resignation are simply untrue. The House acknowledges the severity of the issue and its nature as a matter of public concern. As always, the House stands ready to give audience to Rep. Elumelu or any other member of the House on this issue, provided that such audience is sought through the proper channels and brought under the relevant rules of the House” he said



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