After 6-week recess, Senate resumes with rowdy session over seats

Sharon EboesomiApril 30, 20242 min

A heated argument ensued between some ranking members over sitting arrangement minutes into the plenary session leading to a rowdy session.

After 6 weeks recess, Senate's resumes with a rowdy session

The Senate was thrown into a rowdy session during Tuesday’s plenary over the sitting arrangements of Senators. The rowdy session began with a heated debate between Senators Danjuma Goje (PDP, Gombe Central), and Sahabi Yau (PDP, Zamfara North).

The senators complained to the Majority Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) about their seats, expressing dissatisfaction with their allocation.

OrderPaper recalls that the Senate had resolved to use its refurbished chamber, two years after renovation began on it and according to the standing rules of the Senate, the senators are expected to sit in order of rank.

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However, while Senate President Godswill Akpabio read his welcome address, the heated argument among the three senators began.

Goje and Yau were allocated seats on the second row on the right side of the aisle beside Senator Sunday Karimi, (APC, Kogi West) who chairs the Senate Committee on Services.

These four-term senators insisted that they be assigned seats on the front row on the extreme right, opposite the row of the Majority leader and the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin.

After a brief but intense verbal exchange with Bamidele, Yau, and Goje at the centre, Akpabio eased the tension. Thereafter, Bamidele moved a motion for a closed session.

Sharon Eboesomi

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