Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives stormed out of Tuesday’s plenary after Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, denied an appeal to lift the Federal Government’s ban on Twitter.
The Speaker had mandated the committees on communication, justice, information and culture and national security and intelligence to immediately commence an investigation into the ban on Twitter within 10 days.
The Plenary soon turned rowdy when Gbajabiamila denied a point of order raised by the Leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, seeking the House to ask the Federal Government to lift the ban pending when the House carries out the probe.
Following the decision by the speaker, disgruntled PDP members, led by Chinda, walked out of the chamber.
Chinda had argued that the speaker’s rejection meant that the rights of Nigerians would remain suspended for the next 10 days.
Gbaja defended the move, citing the Standing Orders of the House that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate.