BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—MEMBERS of Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, walked out the member representing Oredo Constituency II, Mr Patrick Osayimen, over his alleged improper dressing.
The action led to a shouting bout between Osayimen and the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Philip Shaibu, who informed the lawmaker that his dressing contravened the rules of the House and so, he should leave the chambers.
But Osayimen, who wore coral beads on a French suit, argued that there was nothing wrong with his dressing, saying that the Majority Leader lacked the powers to discuss the issue of dress code with him.
Consequently, majority of the lawmakers condemned his action and insisted that he must leave the premises, just as they urged the Speaker, Mr Uyi Igbe, to wield the big stick, so as to serve as deterrent to lawmakers, who engage in improper dressing.
To douse the tension, Speaker Igbe called for a vote on the issue. Majority of the lawmakers voted against Osayimen, after which he was ordered out of the premises.
The incident was particularly surprising, in view of the fact that all the lawmakers involved are members of All Progressives Congress, APC. But the Majority Leader, Shaibu, saw it differently, saying “yes, because we are all in the APC, we must show good example. We don’t have to behave like others and that was why we decided to call a spade a spade.”