John Okechukwu in Abuja
Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) staged a walk out
walked out of the Senate during plenary on Wednesday, November 30. The
opposition senators staged the walk out in protest over the defection
of Sen. Yale Omogunwa of Ondo South to the All Progressives Congress
Trouble started when Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from
Sen. Omogunwa informing his colleagues in the upper house of
legislature that he had moved from the PDP to APC.
As the APC senators received Omogunwa in joy, Senate Minority Leader
Godswill Akpabio of the PDP raised a point of order to correct what he
called insinuations in the letter that PDP is divided. His submission
was followed by shouts from senators on both sides.
APC senator Dino Melaye tried to raise a point of order but the
senate president Bukola Saraki ruled him out of order, and so the
heavy argument continued until PDP senators stood up and walked out of
The house returned to plenary with Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of Labour
Party assuming the position of the Minority Leader. Meanwhile, the
Senate yesterday approved President Buhari’s virement of funds to the
tune of N213billion even though deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu
accused the president of using a military-style of approach rather the
democratic and constitutional way.