Trouble in Senate: Chief Whip walkout of Chamber, as Akpabio rule him out of order


… Senate hurriedly went into close door session

By Joy Odor

Ten minutes after commencement of plenary, the Chief Whip, Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) raised point of order on alleged errors made in a motion moved by Senator Summaila Kawu (NNPP Kano South) for debate on the need for re-opening of Nigeria-Niger Border without reading the title of his motion and was not corrected by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

Ndume who rose through order 51 of the Senate Standing Rules requested the Senate President to allow for correction of any error made or observed in plenary.

”This is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guided by laws, rules and procedures. If in the course of proceedings at any session, errors are observed, they must be corrected before forging ahead with such proceeding”, he said.

But Akpabio quickly intercepted him, saying having ruled on issues raised, it can not be revisited and consequently ruled Ndume out of order.

Senator Sunday Karimi (APC Kogi West) spiritedly attempted to sustain Ndume’s line of argument through another point of order but was also ruled out of order by the Senate President.

In a trouble shooting effort , the Deputy President of the Senate, Jibrin Barau quickly rose to read order 16, which requires a substantive motion to be moved by any Senator for correction or review of earlier decision taken.

Sustaining of Barau’s point of order by Akpabio, infuriated Ndume by raising another point of order (Order 54) to seek for correction of perceived error.

But without being allowed to make full presentation of his argument, the President of the Senate, ruled him out of order again.

Angered by Akpabio’s decision, Ndume packed his documents and furiously stormed out of the chamber.

Apparently, perplexed by the scenario, Senators hurriedly went into closed door which is still on, as at the time of filling this report.


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