By Luka Binniyat
ABUJAâ€”The Minority Leader of the House of Represtantives, AlhajiÂ Ali Ndume (ANPP/Borno), yesterday, lampooned the anti-Speaker Dimeji Bankole representatives for asking the speakerÂ to resign within seven days or be disgraced out of office. He said they have a chance to â€œrepentâ€ orÂ face the wrath of the House.
Ndume, who spoke to National Assembly reporters in Abuja, added that â€œthe House is not in the mood toÂ entertain a crack in either its fold or among members. Enough is Enough.â€
â€œThe leadership has long restrained itself from applying the rod against members whose activitiesÂ have been inimical to the stability of the House,â€ he added.
â€œTheÂ leadership believe in the spirit of camaraderie among its fold and that is the reason why we haveÂ overlooked security reports against these erring members.
â€œWe should be more in the mood to celebrate the rare feat the National Assembly had performed in amending the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2006, than giving time for plots to setÂ usÂ backwards based on principle of sheer vendetta as pursued by some elements,â€ he added.
According to the Minority Leader, there would be more pressing issues like the receipt of the Amended Constitution from State Houses of Assembly among others when theÂ Reps resumed in two weeksâ€™ time.
â€œThose listed in the media as aggrieved members who issued ultimatum of resignation to the Speaker still have a good chance to make peace with the leadership between now and resumption of the Houseâ€, he advised.
â€œFailure to so would eventually wield the big stick against any member whose activities are considered divisive, inimical and dangerous for the survival of democracyâ€, he said.
According to the Minority Leader, all the members of the gruopÂ had had very seriuos issues pending before the House leadership, which he said warranted some measure of penalty, whereas the House had a change of heart in applying penalties owing to pleas from peace loving colleagues.
â€œWhat we had expected is that any member who had issues against the leadership would come forward and table such issue before the gathering of members most especially during the plenary, if only for the House to take common decision on such.
â€œWe had done that before and several times too. That is why we hold executive sessions to resolve key issues common to the interest of every member. The law has never allowed any member to vent his or her anger on the pages of newspaper, while ignoring the proper channels for doing soâ€, he said.
â€œI look at the set of people who issued that ultimatum to the Honourable Speaker and discovered that they are the same set of member raising the same issue at different timesâ€, he said.
â€œ They are colleagues to whom we ascribed much of integrity and high sense of acumen, law and order. We are not to join issues with them on the pages of newspaper and so we are seizing this opportunity to call them to order because enough is enoughâ€, he warned.