In a dramatic and clever manner, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who presided plenary session on Tuesday, 28 October waited until the last minute after the House leader, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande, had moved a motion for adjournment, then he beckoned the attention of the members who were already making their exit from the chambers to announce his defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC). “I am now a member of the APC”, he declared.
The Speaker’s statement immediately turned the chambers into a rowdy mood as members were taken aback by the uniqueness of the notice of defection. But his colleagues were left dump founded and helpless since the notice came after the motion for adjournment until 3rd December. The obvious implication of this situation is that Tambuwal remains the Speaker even after his defection against the wish of the ruling PDP. The big question now is what happens when the House resumes sitting?
The House during Tuesday’s plenary also passed a resolution on a motion which was described as a patriotic one by majority of the members. In the resolution which came on the heels of a motion moved by Hon. Olajumoke Okay-Thomas, the House urged the Federal Government to immortalize late Dr. Stella Adadevoh and compensate the families of the health workers who died after contracting Ebola Virus Disease as a result of their exposure to the Liberian carrier of the disease.
Hon. Okay-Thomas expressed sadness that as result of physical contact with late Patrick Sawyer, Dr. Adadevoh contracted the disease and consequently died on the 14th of October, 2014. She pointed out that the gallantry, patriotism and professional competence of Dr. Adadevoh went a long way in curbing the spread of the deadly disease. She thinks that naming a medical institution after her name would be an honour well deserved. Many members supported the mover of the motion, congratulating her for bringing to the House such an interesting matter that encourages patriotism and selfless service to humanity.