Wife of the Vice President Dolapo Osinbajo on Tuesday attended plenary at the House of Representatives as lawmakers voted on 68 Constitution Amendment bills.

The lawmakers had screamed “no” when a motion to admit Mrs Osinbajo into the chamber to witness proceedings was raised.

Subsequently, the matter was put to vote and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, ruled to allow her into the chamber.

The bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Special Seats for Women in the National and State Houses of Assembly; and for Related Matters, was not passed at the House of Representatives.

208 members out of 290 present, voted against it.

All the other bills related to women in the constitution amendment also failed.

Addressing journalists on her way out of the House chamber, Mrs Osinbajo said she remains hopeful that it is not the end of the agitation for women inclusion.

Also speaking on the outcome, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Kedem Tallen, said the situation was a show of shame.

Last week, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, was admitted into the chamber when the constitution amendment bills were laid.

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