Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives have vowed to continue to tweet in disregard to the ban.
The leader of the party, Hon. Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers), said while reacting to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila ruling him of out of order on the discussion over the ban on Twitter by the Buhari Government.
Chinda had argued that waiting for ten days for the committee to report back to the House would amount to the ban remaining for another ten days.
The Speaker had earlier announced that the joint committees on Communication, Information, Justice and National Security would investigate the legality of the ban and report back to the House, within 10 days.
Chinda said “Mr. Speaker, I stand on section 39 of the Nigerian constitution, section 19 of the Universal declaration on Human and Peoples right and article 9 of the African charter of Human and Peoples right.
“As a representative of the people, I have a source of communication with my constituents; I have a source of interaction with my leaders. But in moving this, I must, with all sense of responsibility commend the steps you took this morning concerning this issue of ban of twitter. It was very proactive, very timely.
“But my concern is that as a Nigerian and several other Nigerians out there, the implication is that for the ten days you have given that committee to work, this breach will continue. We don’t even know for how long our interaction with the Executive arm will last.
“While I agree with the submission of the leadership of this House completely, I will only want to add that for the breach of our fundamental human right, particularly the right to fair hearing, right to freedom of speech and expression, we should urge the Executive arm in the interim to reverse the ban pending our interaction with the Executive.”
But the Speaker ruled him out of order saying since the matter has been referred to a committee already, it was wrong for the matter to be revived again.
“Let me quickly refer you to order 9, rule 1 sub rule 6 of our rules which state that it shall be out of order to reconsider any specific question upon which the House has come to a conclusion during the current session except upon a substantive motion for rescission.
“This matter has already been sent to the committees to look at the issues you are talking about and will report to us within ten days. Even if you had brought a motion here, it would have been referred to a committee. We are not even sure if your motion would not have been killed. This day, we have saved the day. So you are ruled out of order.”
At this stage, Chinda and some other members of the caucus walked out of the plenary to address the press on their grievances.
Chinda insisted that members of the Some other members kept shouting “continue to tweet, “continue to tweet.
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