Godswill Akpabio, President of the Tenth Senate, met with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
At the conclusion of the meeting with the President, Akpabio stressed the Nigerian Senate’s unity and maturity, notwithstanding disputes.
“In the parliament, sometimes you disagree to agree,” Senate President Bukola Saraki told State House media after the closed-door meeting with President Tinubu. We’ll never get to the point of flinging chairs, though. The Senate is far too mature, with far too many mature people.”
Akpabio’s visit to the Aso Rock Villa came only hours after Ali Ndume, the senator representing Borno South, stormed out of the chamber.
On Tuesday, just after the start of the day’s session, Ndume raised a point of order to draw Akpabio’s attention to purported procedural irregularities he committed.
Ndume referred to a motion on the necessity to reopen the Nigeria-Niger border, which was moved by Senator Sumaila Kawu of Kano South senatorial district, and which Akpabio permitted to be debated without first reading the official title of the motion, as is customary.
Standing on Order 51 of the Senate Standing Rules, Ndume asked the Senate President to facilitate the correction of any error made or detected during plenary.
While Ndume was still speaking, Akpabio quickly ruled him out of order, stating that it could not be reopened since he had ruled on issues raised.
During the debate, Ndume grabbed his documents and a few other possessions and rushed out of the Senate room.
His surprising decision caused the Senate to adjourn to a closed-door session.
However, following the meeting with Tinubu, the Senate President denied any legislative problem.
He stated, “We are all working in one accord. There is no problem at all. Even if some people disagree with some of the happenings in the Senate, it is only the majority decision that is going to prevail.”
Akpabio went on to say that any conflicts that arise are quickly resolved in confidential meetings, ensuring unity and solidarity.
While highlighting the Senate’s devotion to the nation’s interests, the Senate President stated, “We are politicians, no permanent hatred but permanent interest.” That interest is the national interest.”
He stressed the Senate’s role in assisting the President and his administration through legislation and oversight functions, all of which are geared towards pushing the country forward.
Akpabio stated that during his meeting with President Tinubu, he discussed the approaching 10th Assembly retreat in Akwa Ibom State.
He requested the President’s approval for representation at the retreat, which he received.
Akpabio added, “I came to inform the President of the first 10th Assembly retreat which is taking place tomorrow in Akwa Ibom State.
“We are moving the Senate all the way to Akwa Ibom for the next four days.
“Thereafter, I will be travelling personally to Angola to attend the internal parliamentary union, so before he sees me, it will probably take another nine days. So, I needed to inform him.”
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