After two weeks of controversy, the House of Representatives has accepted the petition by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America (MUTA), Gbajabiamila confirmed on Tuesday, March 23.
Mark Gbaillah (PDP, Gwer East/Gwer West Federal Constituency) had attempted to present the petition on the 10th of March, 2021, but the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase (APC, Wase Federal constituency of Plateau State) who presided over the session, rejected the petition.
According to Mr Gbillah, the petition was on the displacement of villagers from Benue state due to attacks by armed herdsmen.
“I don’t want to make a blanket statement regarding those who are in diaspora. If this petition is coming from those who are within the country, I believe it has a very block standard. But those living in America, then coming to lodge a complaint,” he argued.
Wase responded by issuing a statement claiming the video was “doctored.”
Last week Thursday, the governor of Benue state called on lawmakers to unturn the decision of the Deputy Speaker.
On Tuesday, the motion to present the petition was moved again by Mr Gbillah and was accepted by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Gbajabiamila described the controversies surrounding the petition as “misunderstanding.”
“I believe this is the same petition that has been causing a lot of misunderstanding. The misunderstanding came from the issue of signature
“Having cleared that misunderstanding, please, go ahead and lay your petition to be given proper attention.”
The petition was, therefore, referred to the Committee on Public Petition.