Just in : Senators fight, exchange blows over sitting arraignment

Just in : Senators fight, exchange blows over sitting arraignment

The first day of Senate’s plenary in the renovated Hallowed Chamber on Tuesday, was marred by quarrels among senators over sitting arrangements. Ecstasy of holding plenary proceedings in the renovated hallowed chamber first enveloped the session at the beginning, but trouble started when the President of the Senate , Godswill Akpabio started reading names of Senators who marked their birthdays during the forty days recess. Specifically, Senator Sahabi Alhaji Ya’u ‘ ( APC Zamfara North), angrily stood up from the seat allocated to him to complain on it , to the Leader , Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele ( APC Ekiti Central). His complaints to the Leader which started on hushed tone, aggravated to shouting match between the two and consequently sparked reactions from other Senators and eventually degenerated into rowdy session . During the rowdy session which lasted for about 30mins , Senator Ya’u angrily pointed his finger at the Leader , complaining that the Seat , allocated to him at far right of the chamber was not befitting, being a ranking Senator who held principal position of Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate during the 9th National Assembly. Advertisements The verbal counter punching between the Leader and Senator Ya’u , festered further when Senator Danjuma Goje ( APC Gombe Central ) , joined them.

Goje also complained to the Leader , that ranking Senators were not well positioned in the sitting arrangement .

However, in a trouble shooting move , the President of the Senate , called on the Leader and aggrieved Senators surrounding him , to approach the Chair , which they did , and eventually paved way for Akpabio to read his welcome address. Advertisements After Akpabio’s welcome address , an emergency executive session was called for by the leader apparently to diffuse the bottled anger among Senators over sitting arrangement .

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