Gbajabiamila accepts rejected Diaspora petition

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Femi
Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, accepted a petition
filed by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America.
The Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, had earlier
prevented the lawmaker representing Gwer-East/
Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State,
Mr. Mark Gbillah, from presenting the petition
before the House.
Gbillah succeeded in laying the petition during
Tuesday’s plenary.
While clearing Gbillah to lay the petition,
Gbajabiamila said, “I believe this is the same
petition that has been causing a lot of
misunderstanding. The misunderstanding came
from the issue of signature.
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“Having cleared that misunderstanding, please,
go ahead and lay your petition to be given proper
attention. Thanks Hon Mark Gbillah. Thank you
for your patience.”
Wase, who presided over the plenary of March
10, 2021, had prevented Gbillah from laying the
petition, a development that generated wide
criticism.
He claimed that the House did not entertain
petitions from outside the country, asking the
Benue lawmaker if MUTA was registered with the
Corporate Affairs Commission.
The Deputy Speaker had also said he was not
convinced that Nigerians in America could
protest against insecurity in Nigeria, ruling that
the House would not admit the petition.
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Gbillah had faulted Wase, stating that the
constitution gave Nigerians the freedom of
association, adding that the House had
committees that handled issues relating to foreign
affairs and Diaspora.

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