There was a rowdy session in the House on Thursday over declaration of June 12 as democracy day by President Muhamadu Buhari.

The bone of contention was that June 12  contradicts the already existing date of May 29 gazetted  as democracy day.

Representative Nicholas Ossai who argued the decision by Mr President said it was a desperate move by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He faulted the intention but was ruled out of order by the Speaker.

To douse tension, Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the motion to the House Committee on Justice, rules and Business to look at the Presidential proclamation in line with section two of the law on holiday act in the constitution and advise the House on what to do.

The motion followed matters of urgent Public Importance Sponsored by Representative  Raji Wale from Lagos State.

The lawmaker who identified the significance of the day, said in spite of the commendable integrity of the election, it was annulled by the military government of General Ibrahim Babaginda, thereby throwing the country into turmoil.

Representative Wale commended President Buhari for recognizing June 12 and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to release the full result of June and declare the winner president elect.

According to Chris Azubike, all those who showed courage in the election with the likes of professor Humphrey Nwosu the then INEC Chairman be included in the honourary award.

Representative Edward Pwajok from Plateau State is of the opinion that the Public Holiday act should be amended.

However the controversy whether or not to declare MKO Abiola winner of the June 12 election and president elect posthumously came up when the house was reminded that there is a court order refraining NEC from releasing the result and also Abiola was not sworn in as president and so cannot be declared President.

Senior advocate of Nigeria,  Edward Pwajok said said that the public holiday act must be amended to change May 29 as democracy day to June 12.