Summons to Ex-President Jonathan: South-South law makers protest move
There was a near fracas at the venue of the public hearing on OPL245 Malabu Oil deal as two members of the House of Representatives from the South-South threatened to beat up the Chairman of the Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee investigating deal, Honourable Razaak Atunwa for summoning Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to appear before the committee.
The two Honourable members, Mr Diri Duoye and Ms Boma Goodhead both from Bayelsa and Rivers respectively took strong exception over his invitation extended to the former President by the committee to explain his alleged role in the OPL 245 Malabu Oil deal.
Rep Diri Duoye apparently disturbed as the direct representative of the former Number One citizen could not contain himself any longer at the end of a public hearing sent a warning signal to chairman urging him to be ready for a showdown.
Duoye had challenged the committee members asking them, “why on “earth should you summon a former president to testify, can such an invitation be extended to former president Obasanjo,?” He thundered.
But another lawmaker from South West (name withheld) countered him saying that “there’s window to it let’s see how it plays out.”
Responding and shaking his head, Duoye said “I don’t think I can restrain myself from not beating him (chairman) up which window are you talking about and where is it done that a former president is being ridiculed like this?.”
Rep Goodhead in anger also declared that “is it because it’s Jonathan and he remains a gentleman that he is.”
All attempts to calm down the Bayelsa lawmaker were rebuffed as he called on his colleague, “Boma please let us leave this place and see what is happening in Plenary.”
This is just as his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan petitions Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara
asking that security agencies should stop harassing her.
Most of the lawmakers present at the hearing condemned the alleged plan to invite the former President by the ad-hoc committee investigating the Malabu oil deal scam.
Also on Thursday, Dame Patience Jonathan asked the House of Representatives to call the
security agencies to order as she claimed she could no longer bear the incessant harassment from them.
Gogo Bright, a lawmaker from Rivers state presented a petition to that effect on her behalf on Thursday.
Bright, while presenting the petition, said because of the sacrifices her husband has made for the
country, the House should wade into the matter and call the security agencies to order.
The lawmaker said no former first lady has been harassed like this before.”No former first lady has been harassed like this before.”
“But for the sacrifices her husband has made for the country, the House should consider and call the security agencies to order.”
The petition came a day after an ad hoc committee of the House had taken a decision invite her husband to explain his role in the contentious Malabu oil deal.