Crisis Looms At Senate As Ndume Walks Out On Akpabio


News Investigators/ There is a looming crisis in the Nigerian Senate over an alleged mishandling of the conduct of the senate affairs by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

Indications to this emerged as the Senate Whip, Ali Ndume staged a walkout on Mr. Akpabio at the resumed plenary in Abuja Tuesday.

Prior to the sitting, some senators have been complaining in hush tone over what they described as Akpabio’s unconventional method he had been using to conduct procedures in the senate.

The matter came to a head at Tuesday sitting when Mr. Ndume was hastily ruled out of order while attempting to raise a point of order, prompting a walkout by a visibly angry Chief Whip.

The Senate President immediate dissolved into an executive session to enable him manage the brewing crisis.

Mr. Ndume had raised a point of order, citing order 54 of the Senate Rules to draw the attention of the Senate President to his handling of affairs in the chambers which were against the rules.

He said: “Mr. President there are some things we do in this chamber that are against the rules. Sir, nobody is too big to learn.”

The Chief Whip had hardly concluded his statement when Mr. Akpabio struck the gavel and pronounced him out of order.

A visibly enraged Ndume then stormed out of the chamber and went straight to his office.

The Chief Whip was just settling down when he received a call from a colleague to return to the chamber for an executive session.

The executive session was still ongoing as of the time of filing this story

More to come…


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