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BREAKING: Rowdy session in senate as Saraki stops Akpabio



Plenary at the Senate on Wednesday turned rowdy over the primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State .
Senator Bassey Akpan ( PDP , Akwa Ibom North -East ) had raised a point of order to tell the Senate about how the APC primary allegedly threatened the peace in Akwa Ibom . He also said the PDP was ready for a peaceful contest in the state .

Former Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio , also from the state , who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC , raised a point of order apparently to respond to Akpan .
President of the Senate , Bukola Saraki , however , said Akpabio could only speak from the seat allocated to him .

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan , protested , stating that Akpabio could speak from any seat within the chamber.

Other APC senators also raised their voices .

During the disruption that lasted several minutes , Senator Dino Melaye was seen going about , engaging APC senators in a war of words . Senator Kabiru Marafa and some APC senators also rose to engage Melaye.

Efforts by the Deputy President of the Senate , Ike Ekweremadu , to intervene in the matter failed as the chamber became noisy .

Akpabio , who eventually relocated to the seat beside Senator Ali Ndume , demanded an apology from Saraki for allegedly being embarrassed by the Senate President , which the presiding officer denied .

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Akpabio and Saraki also had a debate on who allocated the seat to the Akwa Ibom senator .

Akpabio eventually said he would withhold his comment until the chamber had been reconfigured.

Details later…