Wednesday’s plenary of the upper chamber of the National Assembly was held up for more than 25 minutes as the session became rowdy over sitting arrangements.
Trouble began when the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki stopped the former Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio speaking on the ground that he could not use another senator’s microphone to speak neither can he speak from a seat where there is no microphone.
Akpabio, who defected in July from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) wanted to respond to an alarm raised by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom), over plans by the APC in the State to allegedly cause mayhem and to ensure that the 2019 general elections do not hold in the state which has before now been adjudged one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Saraki however refused Akpabio to use the Microphone of the former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, just as he said that since the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State was sitting on a seat with no micriphone, there was no way he would be allowed to raise any issue there.
This led to rowdiness even as all attempts by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Senator Emmanuel Paulker to speak on the issue did not work.
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