In what appeared to be a protest over the rejection of the bill seeking for the establishment of Southeast development commission, Lawmakers from the south-east region have reportedly boycotted plenary session in the House of Representative on Tuesday, June 6.
Abacityblog 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.
Although, 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 that the boycott by the lawmakers was unclear as at press time due speculations of an ongoing caucus meeting at an undisclosed location.
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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