Punch is reporting that the plenary at the Senate on Wednesday turned chaotic during the discussion about the primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State.
According to the media house, trouble started after Senator Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East) told the Senate how the APC primary allegedly threatened the peace in Akwa Ibom. He said the PDP was ready for a peaceful contest in the state. Shortly afterward, former Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is also from the state but recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, tried to respond to Akpan.
But Akpabio was cut off by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who said that Akpabio must only speak from the seat allocated to him. And then things spiralled downwards when 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.
And then chaos reigned.
The disruption reportedly lasted several minutes, during which time 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 demanded an apology from Saraki for the apparent embarrassment but the presiding officer denied him that. The duo engaged each other on a debate about who allocated the seat to the Akwa Ibom senator. However, the matter seemingly died down after Akpabio eventually said he would withhold his comment until the chamber had been reconfigured.
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.