A mild drama ensued between Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, and James Faleke when the minister was being interrogated by house of representatives ad hoc committee.
Faleke, who is representing Ikeja federal constituency, is one of the lawmakers investigating the suspension of the management of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
Ngige, before answering questions, had started by saying that members of the committee were his younger brothers, except Faleke whom he said might be up to 60.
Faleke interrupted the minister, saying he was well over 60, but the minister said the lawmaker was a “small boy” and that he is of the same age bracket with Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is seen as Faleke’s political benefactor.
“So you are near my age, at least I am seven years older than you. I’m the same age with your mentor in Lagos, Asiwaju,” the minister said.
“And I was governor with him at the same time. He was a senator, I was a senator. I am a two time minister, he isn’t a two time minister.”
Again, Faleke interrupted saying Tinubu “won all his elections very well.”
Responding again, Nigige said; “no problem about that, just like you won your own in Kogi state very well. And you are now the deputy governor and governor of Kogi state.”
Faleke, who was running mate to Abubakar Audu, in the 2015 Kogi governorship election was denied the governorship ticket when Audu suddenly died as the election was almost completed.
When Faleke asked the minister to respond to questions, he said; “I’m responding my friend, if you yab me, I yab you ten times. I am a Lagos boy, you are just a small boy in Lagos. Look at this Mushin boy, he’s talking with a VI boy. I lived in Victoria Island. Look at this Mushin boy from Kogi o.”