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$9.3m: House has no hidden agenda —Hon. Tsokwa

JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Albert Sam Tsokwa has described as damaging recent media reports that some lawmakers collected $50,000 to shelve debate on the motion seeking to probe the $9.3million meant to procure arms seized in South Africa.
Tsokwa, who addressed newsmen in Abuja over the weekend described the reaction of All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesperson, Alhaji  Lai Mohammed as misguided utterances.
The Taraba born lawmaker who also described the bribery allegation as blackmail said that the House has no hidden agenda and that at all times it has always acted in unity of purpose.
According to him, every proceeding of the House is guided by the Standing Order and the mover of the motion ought not to have done so since it was not listed on that day’s Order Paper.
He said “the motion on $9.3million was an investigative motion, therefore cannot be debated. The motion was put because of the magnanimity of the Deputy Speaker and it was defeated”.
The lawmaker who cited Rules 1 and 50 of the House Standing Rules as the relevant rules that precludes debate on the motion added that voting on the motion by members were not on the basis of party basis.
On the $50,000 bribery allegation, the lawmaker said neither himself no any member of Taraba Caucus in the House attended any meeting where such issues were discussed.
Daily Champion recalls that on Tuesday 23 September 2014, APC lawmakers in the House staged a walk out during plenary on a motion about the seized $9.3million arms deal with a private jet by South African Government.

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