After a tense Senate session that resulted in a closed session, it has been reported that tempers were calmed during the private meeting. This development followed Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s efforts to explain the relevant sections of the Senate rules to provide clarity on the matter in question.
A source with knowledge of the closed-door meeting shared that although the contentious incident was raised by “one or two Senators,” the matter was subsequently resolved after Senators carefully reviewed the provisions of the Senate rule book.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, clarified that the closed session was not coincidental but had been planned to discuss logistics for an upcoming retreat in Uyo, which is scheduled to start following the plenary session.
In response to inquiries about an executive communication from the President, the source mentioned that it pertained to the confirmation of the Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), emphasizing that this is a routine matter.
The source also dispelled notions of a crisis, pointing out that Senator Ndume, who had briefly left the Senate chambers, returned and participated in the closed session. Furthermore, the source clarified that the Senate rules do not prohibit Senators from leaving the chamber during sittings, for example, to attend to personal matters.
Overall, the closed session served as a platform to discuss and address various issues before they were brought to the public floor during plenary sessions. It appears that the tensions were diffused, and the Senate continued its legislative work without any crisis.
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