Takeover in the senate

There was an attempt on Wednesday to ‘overthrow’ the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by the wife of the national leader and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Jagaban, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators stopped Tinubu’s wife (APC member representing Lagos Central Senatorial District) Senator Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, from addressing the chamber from the seat of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The exposure of the apparently ignored takeover began when Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, asked Tinubu’s wife to second a motion moved by Senator Kabiru Gaya, who was seeking the approval of the red chamber for him to submit the report of his committee on the $200m foreign loan being sought by Lagos State.

Mrs. Tinubu was seated on Ekweremadu’s seat who was absent from plenary when she was asked to second the motion.

Sen. Tinubu then proceeded to use the microphone on Ekweremadu’s seat when all senatorial hell broke loose. PDP senators started protesting (like children) against her action, and insisted that she should relocate to her seat to speak.

Tinubu’s explaination that the microphone on her own seat was not working fell on deaf ears as the PDP senators vehemently refused.

She left angrily to her own seat and attempted to use her dysfunctional microphone to convince the PDP senators that she was speaking the truth.

Mrs. Tinubu then went to a seat close to hers, sought the permission of her neighbor and used his microphone.

She nevertheless returned to Ekweremadu’s seat and continued her ‘overthrow’ which had metamorphosed to a ‘takeover’ until the end of plenary.

By Nnamdi Ebo


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