Edo Governorship Election:Motion to recall 3,500 soldiers divides lawmakers

Channels Television  
Updated July 12, 2012

Nigeria’s lower legislative chamber, the house of representatives will today undertake a physical vote to determine if the 3,500 soldiers deployed to Edo state for the governorship elections should be recalled or not.

Tempers rose at the house yesterday after the majority Peoples’ Democratic Party members tried to shout down a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria who complained about the troop deployment.

The lawmaker, Mr. Bimbo Daramola from Ekiti state, had raised a matter of urgent public importance to draw the attention of the house to the troop deployment.

Mr. Daramola said since there was no war in Edo state, and that he could not understand the essence of deploying 3,500 soldiers for the election.