PDP Blasts Gbajabiamila Over Threat To Hon Chinda, Demands Retraction Within 24 Hours

The Peoples Democratic Party has officially reacted to Thursday’s proceedings in the House of Representatives where it alleges that Honourable Gbajabiamila threatened Honourable Chinda, its preferred candidate for the position of minority leader of the House.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, had during yesterday’s proceedings blocked every move by some Peoples Democratic Party members to raise issues relating to the parallel principal officers produced by the minority parties on Wednesday.

The PDP in its statement has also ordered the Speaker to make a public retraction of his threat issued to the lawmaker.

In the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan and posted on its official twitter handle, the party says the speaker exhibited personal hostility with threats. Part of it reads;

Nigerians watched with utter shock and dismay as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, in open chamber, jettisoned all parliamentary procedure to make hate statement, inciting comment and direct threats to the bona fide Leader of the Minority in the House, Hon Kingsley Chinda, for no justifiable reason.

Hon. Gbajabiamila, in open chamber, exhibited personal hostility, with threats that Hon. Chinda will ‘regret’ taking his rightful seat as the bona fide Leader of the Minority in the House.

This vicious outburst by Hon. Gbajabiamila is a direct threat and affront to our democratic order, the rights of the minority members in the House of Representatives, the people of Obio/Akpo Federal Constituency and sensibility of millions of members who nominated Hon. Chinda as Minority Leader.

The statement further reads;

The @OfficialPDPNig , in the strongest terms, condemns this outburst and demands that the Speaker retracts his inciting threats against Hon. Chinda within the next 24 hours.

The PDP also invites the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to summon Hon. Gbajabiamila to explain the intents of his threats.

Our party further invites Nigerians to hold Hon. Gbajabiamila directly responsible should any harm suddenly comes to Hon. Chinda, any member of his family or any member of the PDP in the House of Representatives.

It is indeed unfortunate and completely condemnable that Hon. Gbajabiamila is turning the chamber of the House of Representatives into a theatre of avoidable conflicts just because of his vested interest in the affairs of the opposition.

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