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Senate challenges Waku over money-for-bill claim

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja

Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, has denied the allegation that the Senate collects bribe before bills and motions are listed on the Order Paper.

The denial came on the heels of the allegation by a former Senator, Joseph Waku, who reportedly claimed that a serving senator whose name he did not mention had claimed that for a senator’s motion or bill to be listed on the Order Paper for debate, the sponsor has to bribe his way through.

Enang said neither him nor the Senate President would tolerate any such act of corrupt practice, adding that the Senate leadership was made up of people with integrity even as he advised Waku to retract what he described as an unfounded allegation.

Enang, in a statement, yesterday, said,”The attention of The Senate Rules and Business Committee has been drawn to a statement in a newspaper interview of Sunday credited to Sen Waku who served between 1999 – 2003 wherein he did cast aspersion and insinuations on the Rules and Business Committee of the senate.

”He claimed he was informed by a serving senator that he could not sponsor any bill because to sponsor a Bill, a Senator may have to compromise the Rules and Business Committee to get it listed.

”For the avoidance of doubt, we are hereby calling on Senator Waku to please name such a serving senator and be prepared to particularlise the grievous ,unfounded and unguarded statement unbecoming of a distinguished senator, even one that served out his term.

”Sen Waku left the Senate 12 years ago (2003) and is not in a position to make any statement about the institution without being appropriately informed.

”We therefore demand that sen Waku do retract the Statement and should name the Senator. We can boldly state that no serving senator would hold such opinion or say same to any person concerning the rules and Business Committee.

”We state that the committee under my leadership as chairman, and the Senate Leadership under Distinguished Sen David Mark as Senate President has and will always maintain the highest standard of decency and fairness to all Senators and believes in the equality of all senators and non will breach the privilege of the other as has been demonstrated in the Mark’s leadership thus far.”


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