By Julius Toba:
ABOUT 140 members of the House of Representatives believed to have sympathy for Acting President Goodluck Jonathan have begun moves to initiate another round of political crisis that may threaten Speaker Dimeji Bankole’s leadership of the House.
They said they were determined to remove all “obstacles” that might hinder the Acting President from performing his responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution.
Top on their list of perceived obstacles to Jonathan is the Speaker himself who was believed to have arm-twisted many of his colleagues and frustrated efforts of majority to invoke appropriate sections of the constitution intended at empowering the Acting President at the heat of Yar’ Adua’s absence in the country.
Jonathan was reportedly piqued by Bankole’s roles during the crisis when it became clear to him that politics that led to the House delaying its resolution on Section 145 was purely that of its leadership.
Majority of the members, it was gathered, have raised the group as a platform to ensure that the Speaker gets a feel of his politics.
The impending political imbroglio that may come out of the plot may be too much for Bankole to bear as several members have started jostling to join the group, sources said.
They are essentially those who were at one time or the other been offended by Bankole over what they call his “overbearing” leadership style.
One interesting aspect of the move is that the membership cuts across party and sectional interests with more than half of them coming from the Pro-Etteh individuals who are still sad over the processes that eventually forced the former Speaker out of office. .
Aba Anas Adamu who led the group said unlike what obtained in the past, they would henceforth frown at any act of subjugating the constitution of the country.
Adamu said there would be no going back on the position of the group in their declaration of unshaken supports for Jonathan and any of his policies.
Nigerian Compass gathered that consultations are going on, on how the report of the N2.3 billion car scam in the House would be brought out again.
A member of the group from the South-West who did not want his name in print said the fight might soon get dirtier as there are pressure on members of the Ethics and Privileges Committee to bring up the matter on the floor of the House any moment from now.
However, the Chairman, House Committee on Media, Eseme Eyiboh, disowned the group and its activities.
He said he was not in town when the purported press conference was staged on Thursday.
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