Plenary in the Senate was temporarily suspended on Wednesday for more than 10 minutes as lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and their counterparts from the People’s Democratic Party PDP disagreed on sitting arrangements in the chamber.
Trouble started after a point of order on personal explanation moved by Senator Albert Akpan representing Akwa Ibom South East who notified the Senate of an alleged plot by the APC to disrupt the peace in Akwa Ibom during the gubernatorial election in the state in 2019.
The lawmaker assured that the PDP is prepared for a free and fair election without crisis, adding that the same can not be said of the APC.
An attempt by the former minority leader Senator Godsswill Akpabio to respond to the comment was turned down by the Senate President Bukola Saraki who insisted that the lawmaker was not seating on a sit allocated to him by the clerk of the Senate after cross carpeting from the PDP to the APC.
As the disagreement continued, Senate leader Ahmad Lawan angrily complained that there is no justice and fairness in the Senate, citing the case of Senator Dino Melaye whom he said was sometime ago allowed to make comments from a different seat, different from his original position.
As peace gradually returned to the chamber, Senator Akpabio demanded an apology for what he described as an embarrassment metted on him, a request that was ignored by the Senate President.