Senate: Saraki Turns Down Akpabio’s Request To Speak
There was a disagreement among lawmakers on the floor of the Senate during Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja.
The dispute started when the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, declined the request of former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who wanted to make a contribution to a matter raised by Senator Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom State.
Senator Akpan, who is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, had alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to disrupt the elections in the state.
Meanwhile, some senators were of the opinion that the Senate President was biased to the APC lawmaker in making such decision.
Senator Saraki, in his defence, explained that Senator Akpabio was seating in an unallocated seat and one without a microphone.
On his part, Senator Akpabio argued that he was allocated the seat by the Clerk.
When questioned, the Clerk responded that the former Senate Minority Leader insisted that he would sit on the seat.
The Senate President then urged Senator Akpabio to relocate to a seat which had a microphone.
The situation was eventually calmed as Senator Akpabio apologised for his action and the Senate President urged the clerk to allocate seats in the coming week.
Adapted from Channels TV