July 16, 2021
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For the second day, Legislative activities on the floor of the House of Representatives were stalled over the planned imposition of resolution on the contentious Clause 52 on electronic transmission of election results.

Meanwhile, the plenary session was yet to be concluded when the Minority Caucus led by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu staged a walkout over the alleged adoption of the contentious section 52 on the electronic transmission of election results.

Trouble started again when the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Wase who presided over the Committee of the Whole, accused the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Toby Okechuckwu of “trying to mislead the House”.

In his intervention, Hon. Okechuckwu observed that the Hide did not reach a compromise on the electronic transmission of election results the stormy session, during which a motion for the division was proposed by a member.

However in his response, Hon. Wase argued that there was no motion to divide the House, thereby alleging that the Deputy Minority Leader, was trying to mislead the House, “you are a Leader. I don’t want you to repeat that again,” Hon. Wase warned.

The Deputy Speaker called Hon. Boma Goodhead to order, saying we have our rules.

Despite all entreaties to calm down the protesting members, one of the lawmakers was overheard calling the Presiding officer a mad man, a statement which the Majority Leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa retorted and asked, “you called somebody a mad man.”

Another member was heard asking aggrieved lawmakers “You go kill am, E don do, when everybody says it’s okay, it’s okay.”

After few minutes of hullabaloo, the aggrieved members eventually calmed down.

Earlier, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakub who was represented answered few questions after taking an oath.

Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi asked whether the Commission has at any time conducted a survey on the coverage of the entire federation.

He also asked whether at any time the INEC server was hacked.

On his part, Hon. Udem Ehinem asked NCC whether it is possible to create a platform for offline results pending when the collation officer could uphold when there’s network.

Also speaking, Hon. Kingsley Chinda asked whether NigComSat is still a functional satellite and whether there’s any part of the country that the satellite cannot cover.

He also asked about the type of communication network that can be used.

Details later

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