28 APC senators walk out of Senate session

It was gathered that members of the Barnabas Gemade -led Senate Unity Forum have threatened to take a legal action against the emergence of Bukola Saraki on Tuesday as the President of the Senate.
They told a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday that the election of Saraki did not follow due constitutional procedure.

They addressed the journalists after walking out of the Senate chambers when Saraki overruled Gemade and Kabiru Marafa while questioning the process that produced the new Senate leadership.

Saraki had administered oath of office and allegiance on 28 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, who were absent at the inauguration of the Eighth Senate but when plenary commenced, Gemade and Marafa raised a point of order on the issue.

Gemade, a former Peoples Democratic Party national chairman, demanded full integration of the SUF members who were absent from the formal inauguration on Tuesday.

He said, “I will like to appeal to the President of the Senate that driving for a united Senate, it would be reasonable to accommodate everyone. But if the desire is not to accommodate all, then you are heading for a divided Senate.

“That would not be good for your leadership, for the senate as a whole body, and it will also not be good for the nation. It behoves on you, Mr. President, that due recognition must be given to all concerned.”

Marafa, who raised a point of order protesting the way and manner Saraki emerged as the Senate president, demanded full investigation.

He said, “The news was that the Senate was inaugurated with 57 senators while 51 senators- elect were absent.

“The news portrayed me and many of my colleagues as irresponsible members of this hallowed chamber. That we were absent from an event that was announced and which we were to attend with our spouses and well wishers, showed us as irresponsible people.

“That caused unwarranted embarrassment to me and other members of this Senate and our family members. I want to put it on record that after the swearing in today (Wednesday), I was handed down Senate standing orders as amended.


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