- Members of the House of Representatives, mainly from the South-East shun plenary in what appears as a protest following the rejection of the South East Development Commission bill
- Political analysts and observers blame the defeat of the bill to the absenteeism of south-east lawmakers
- Meanwhile, member of the House of Representatives, Goodluck Opiah, describes the rejection of the bill as a calculated attempt to marginalize people from the south east
Lawmakers from the south-east region have reportedly boycotted plenary session in the House of Representative on Tuesday, June 6, in what appeared as a protest move following the rejection of a bill for an Act seeking to establish the South East Development Commission.
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Legit.ng recalls that members of the House of Representatives, mainly from the South-East, on Thursday, June 1, protested in the House following the defeat of a bill seeking to create a South-East Development Commission.
Political analysts and observers had blamed the defeat of the bill to the absenteeism of south-east lawmakers who could only muster the presence of 18 out of the 43 members from the region on the day the bill was rejected by majority voice vote, Daily Independent reports.
The newspaper stated that the boycott by the lawmakers was unclear as at press time due speculations of an ongoing caucus meeting at an undisclosed location.
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Meanwhile, member of the House of Representatives Goodluck Opiah has expressed sadness and frustration at the rejection of the bill proposing the establishment of a South-East Development Commission, during its first reading.
In a recent interview with Daily Post, Opiah, representing Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal constituency of Imo state, disclosed that the bill was rejected due to a gang up by northern lawmakers who opposed to its passage.
He stated that there was a calculated attempt to marginalize people from the south east.
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