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Don’t embarrass me over sitting arrangement – Akpabio tells Saraki

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The Senate on Wednesday had a rowdy session as they argued about sitting arrangement .
The argument ensued when the President of the Senate , Dr. Bukola Saraki , refused to allow former Minority Leader , Godswill Akpabio , to contribute to a Point of Order raised by Senator Bassey Akpan .

Akpan had raised a point of order accusing the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom of plotting to cause chaos in the 2019 general election .

Saraki refused to acknowledge Akpabio ’ s contribution , saying he would not be allowed to speak unless he did so from his seat .

He said , “ Former Minority Leader, you know you cannot speak from there . Go to your seat , when you get to your seat , I will recognise you , ” he said .

The Leader of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , was , however , not comfortable with Saraki ’ s position , and stood up to defend Akpabio .

He said , “ As it stands today in this chamber, there is no organised sitting arrangement . If he decides to sit there , let him .

“ There is no microphone there . Let us not take the Panadol for his headache . Let me advise that even though we have only six , seven months to go , let’ s do what is right. ”

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In the course of his comment , the lawmakers began to talk at random , thereby throwing the chamber into a rowdy session .

The lawmakers refused to calm down in spite of Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu ’ s intervention .

The situation , however , became relatively calm when Akpabio stood up to explain that the seat was allocated to him by the Clerk of the Senate .

“ The seat was allocated to me by the Clerk and I expect that you were notified . The embarrassment I got today was uncalled for .

“ I demand an apology , not just written , but verbal too, ” Akpabio said .

( NAN )

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