- The Mutual Union of Tiv in America filed a petition which was rejected by the deputy speaker of the House of Reps, Ahmed Wase
- A drama had played out on March 10 when Wase who presided over the plenary prevented a lawmaker from laying the petition
- Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Reps has now accepted it, clearing the misunderstanding
Following the backlash that followed the rejection of a petition from Nigerians in the diaspora, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has accepted the request.
The Punch reports that Gbajabiamila on Tuesday, March 23, received the petition filed by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America.
Mark Gbillah representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West federal constituency in Benue state brought the petition at the plenary session after it was rejected by the deputy speaker, Ahmed Wase.
The speaker apologised to Gbillah having cleared the misunderstanding and thanked him for his patience.
Recall that The Cable reported that Wase prevented the Benue state lawmaker from laying the petition before the House, saying Nigerians in the diaspora don't know the situation in the country.
The deputy speaker had also questioned the eligibility of Nigerians living abroad to submit petitions to the House.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Wase defended himself after the backlash that followed his rejection of the petition.
According to him, Nigerians in the diaspora cannot write a petition over the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
In a statement by his media aide, Umar Puma, on Monday, March 15, the deputy speaker said his decision to prevent Gbilah was strictly based on rules of parliamentary procedures.
In a related development, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives has secured a vote of confidence from a group within the lower chamber.
Members of the House of Reps from Plateau state said the public misunderstood Wase's action.
In a statement issued by Beni Lar, the leader of the Plateau caucus, the deputy speaker was described as an experienced lawmaker.
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