The Senate was thrown into a rowdy session on Wednesday as President of the upper legislative chamber, Senator Bukola Saraki, and former Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio faced off over sitting arrangement.
The disagreement between the two senators started when Saraki refused to allow Akpabio to contribute to a Point of Order raised by a PDP Senator Bassey Akpan.
Akpan had raised a point of order accusing the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom of plotting to cause chaos in the 2019 general election.
Saraki refused to acknowledge Akpabio’s contribution, saying he would not be allowed to speak unless he did so from his seat.
He said, “Former Minority Leader, you know you cannot speak from there. Go to your seat, when you get to your seat, I will recognise you,” he said.
The Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was, however, not comfortable with Saraki’s position, and stood up to defend Akpabio.
He said, “As it stands today in this chamber, there is no organised sitting arrangement. If he decides to sit there, let him.
“There is no microphone there. Let us not take the Panadol for his headache. Let me advise that even though we have only six, seven months to go, let’s do what is right.”
In the course of his comment, the lawmakers began to talk at random, thereby throwing the chamber into a rowdy session.
The lawmakers refused to calm down in spite of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu’s intervention.
The situation, however, became relatively calm when Akpabio stood up to explain that the seat was allocated to him by the Clerk of the Senate.
“The seat was allocated to me by the Clerk and I expect that you were notified. The embarrassment I got today was uncalled for.
“I demand an apology, not just written, but verbal too,” Akpabio said.