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Senate boils as Ndume storms out of chamber

Senate boils as Ndume storms out of chamber
Senate boils as Ndume storms out of chamber (Photo: Newswire)

Trouble looms in Senate as it hurriedly went into executive session during plenary on Tuesday .

Barely ten minutes after commencement of plenary , the Chief Whip ,Senator Ali Ndume ( APC Borno South), raised point of order on alleged errors committed and not corrected by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio .

The error referred to, by Ndume , was a motion moved by Senator Summaila Kawu (NNPP Kano South), for debate on the need for re – opening of Nigeria – Niger Border, without stating reading the title of his motion .

Ndume who rose through order 51 of the Senate standing rules , requested the Senate President to allow for correction of any error made or observed in plenary.

” This is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guided by laws , rules and procedures . If in the course of proceedings at any session, errors are observed , they must be corrected before forging ahead with such proceeding”, he said .

But Akpabio quickly intercepted him by saying having ruled on issues raised , it can not be revisited and consequently ruled Ndume out of order.

Senator Sunday Karimi ( APC Kogi West ) , spiritedly attempted to sustain Ndume’s line of argument through another point of order but was also swiftly ruled out of order by Senate President , Godswill Akpabio .

In a trouble shooting effort , the Deputy President of the Senate , Jibrin Barau quickly rose to read order 16 , which requires a substantive motion to be moved by any Senator for correction or review of earlier decision taken.

Sustaining of Barau’s point of order by Akpabio , infuriated Ndume by raising another point of order (order 54) to seek for correction of perceived error .

But without being allowed to make full presentation of his argument , the President of the Senate , ruled him out of order again .

Angered by Akpabio’s decision, Ndume , packed his documents and furiously stormed out of the chamber .

Apparently, perplexed by the scenario, Senators hurriedly went into closed door which is still on, as at the time of filling this report.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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