Vote of no confidence on Fayemi not personal attack – Gbajabiamila

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila,
yesterday, said the motion he moved on the floor of the House which
led to the declaration of vote of no confidence on the Minister of
Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi and the minister of state in the
ministry, Bawa Bwari, was not a personal attack.

Gbajabiamila stated this while speaking with select journalist in Lagos.

According to him, "Before you bring people directly into plenary, it
must be of utmost public importance. We thought the issue required
that kind of importance; the speaker personally wrote the minister to
give 10 days prior notice. It was only a day before the hearing that
the minister caused the ministry to respond, to say he will not be
coming.

"The speaker responded again urging him to make time; it was not until
the hearing had commenced that the minister dispatched a hurriedly
written letter and the thrust was that they are going on with the
concession."

He said the legislators were justified to be furious at the absence of
the minister, especially considering that nobody showed up from the
ministry which communicated disrespect for the parliament.

"They also instructed the sole administrator of Ajaokuta not to show
up; everybody smelled a rat. There was propriety to cover something;
it was unfortunate that Dr. Kayode put us in that situation. We saw
the mood of the house and we were not going to put our neck on the
chopping block," he said.

DAILY POST recalls that in a recent motion by Gbajabiamila, members of
the Green Chambers passed a vote of no confidence on Fayemi and Bwari.

They also resolved to set up a "powerful investigative ad-hoc
committee" to unravel all the surrounding issues in the Ajaokuta steel
company.
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