The length of Thursday’s plenary was a point of open contention between the two APC leaders. At the conclusion of the plenary earlier on Wednesday, there was conflict between House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and his deputy, Idris Wase.
The speaker maintained that Thursday’s plenary should be brief enough for him and other members to attend the official commissioning of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies’ permanent site, but the two men openly clashed about how long it should go.
For his part, the deputy speaker, Wase, said that the work of the legislature should come first and that members who wanted to attend the commissioning should do so without interfering with Thursday’s session.
Wase’s disagreement with the Speakers’ support for Ben Kalu (Abia) and Abass Tajudeen (Kaduna), two candidates endorsed for Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, by the All Progressives Congress (APC), of the soon-to-be-established 10th National Assembly, may be the cause of the argument.