Lawmakers ganged-up to kill South-East commission bill – Reps member, Onyema

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The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Chukwuka Onyema has claimed that there was a gang up to kill the bill seeking to establish the South-East Development Commission.


The bill was rejected on Thursday after it was put to a voice vote by Yakubu Dogara, the speaker.

Onyema, who sponsored the bill, stormed out of the chamber, alongside some Southeast lawmakers, after the bill was put aside.

He also threatened to relinquish his position.

When asked by newsmen if he would keep to his word and resign, the angry Onyema said: “I have not done it, wait for a formal thing.”

He said it was obvious that some lawmakers ganged up to “kill” the bill.


“Two things happened, it was obvious that there was a gang up to kill this bill. People that are supposed to be fasting came back and shouted ‘nay’,” he said.

“We all heard it and still the presiding officer gave it to the ‘nays’. This bill does not affect anybody in any way. This is something that is for developmental purposes.

“Why are we killing it? And we are talking about marginalization, that we are not marginalized? We are marginalized, it is obvious that we are being marginalized. By Tuesday, you will hear what you want to hear”‎, he added.

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