The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday dared the Police and the PDP leadership by paying a working visit to the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
The PDP had after Tambuwal announced his defection to APC last week, asked him to resign as speaker or be impeached. It also initiated moves to compel its caucus in the House to reconvene on Tuesday, instead of the December 3 which the Speaker had adjourned sitting of the House.
On Monday, Tambuwal and the APC got a relief from a Federal High Court in Abuja which directed that the status quo in the House be maintained.
Ostensibly buoyed by the court order, the Speaker arrived at the assembly on Tuesday to declare open public hearings by two committees of the House. The Speaker personally drove his official Range Rover SUV into the premises without security personnel.
He was however shielded to the venues of the sittings by APC lawmakers led by the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Aminu Suleiman.
One of the meetings he declared open was a hearing by the Committee on Public Accounts on a “Bill for an Act to Repeal the Audit Act of 1956 and to Re-Enact the Audit Act of 2010…”
Tambuwal declined to speak with journalists as he was quickly shielded back to his car by APC members after the ceremonies.
The much speculated reconvening of the House by PDP members on Tuesday did not take place. The doors to the chambers which were shut last week when Tambuwal adjourned sitting till December 3, remained so on Tuesday.