The floor of the Benue State House of Assembly almost transformed into a fighting ground on Tuesday over an alleged probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the purchase of cars worth 750 million Naira for the lawmakers.
The melee started when Honourable Kester Kyenge of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP raised a point of order before the consideration of votes and proceedings of the previous sitting.
However, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who sensed the danger in the motion raised, ruled Mr Kyenge out of order.
The situation led to the PDP members in the Assembly calling for the removal of all principal officers of the House, with the APC-led legislature strongly resisting the move.
The situation soon got worse as lawmakers from both parties used abusive words against each other, prompting the Speaker to adjourn sitting to Thursday.
In an interview with the media, Mr Kyenge in company of his PDP colleagues, expressed concern that the Benue State government had failed to pay workers’ six months salaries, amidst rising insecurity in the state, while also accusing the Speaker of corruption and again demanded the resignation of the principal officers in the House.
The Speaker on his part said that contrary to the PDP lawmakers’ claims, 13 of them violated the law in the purchase of the cars which prompted the EFCC probe.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, accused the PDP lawmakers of orchestrating a plot to set up the civil servants against the government.