The Senate witnessed a heavy dose of politicking on the floor in the last week. The factions formed in the build-up to the emergence of its leadership played up on Tuesday when Sen. Kabir Marafa, an arrowhead of the Ahmed Lawan Unity Group openly queried the constitution of committees by the senate president Bukola Saraki.

Marafa in a point of order said the increment in the number of committees from 57 to 65 by Saraki was unconstitutional and contrary to the rules and standing orders of the senate. His point of order was simply noted but a Marafa would later proceed to address the press on the matter. From the way and manner he spoke, Saraki still needs to watch his back as his traducers stalk his every move.

In another display of politicking, deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu had a dose of bitterness from senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC). For the first time in the life of the 8th senate, Ekweremadu on Wednesday presided over the plenary. But this did not go down well with his APC colleagues who still feel aggrieved at his emergence as number two man in the senate. They decided not to sit in plenary.

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Ekweremadu was left to o carry on the business of plenary because Saraki was attending the inauguration of ministers at the state house that Wednesday. The senate president however returned, took over and senate went into an executive session. It was believed that the Marafa matter and the behaviour of APC senators to Ekweremadu formed part of the issues discussed closed-door.

From the court, temporary reprieve has came Saraki’s way as the Supreme Court on Thursday, Nov. 12th ordered a stay of proceedings in his on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegations of false asset declaration.

The Federal Government had instituted a case of false assets declaration against Senator Saraki but the senate president has mounted a challenge on the competence and jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him.

The Senate during the week mandated its committee on Finance, Banking, and other financial institutions; and Public Accounts to carry out an in-depth investigation into the CBN’s alleged N25billion expenditure on the administration of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) through REMITA.

The Senate ad-hoc committee on power held public hearings two days at a stretch on the power situation in the country. The committee is expected to submit a report after a holistic investigation on the management of funds appropriated for the sector since1999 and the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).



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