September 29, 2015

See 5 drama highlights that shook the Senate Tuesday

See 5 drama highlights that shook the Senate Tuesday

By Ikenna Asomba

As the Bukola Saraki-led 8th Senate resumed from its 4th recess on Tuesday, Vanguard in this report captures five interesting dramas that played out on the floor of the Red Chamber.


Ministerial list

The long-awaited ministerial list of President Muhammadu Buhari failed to get to the Senate today.


Hundreds of pro-Saraki protesters, under the umbrella of  Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo Youth Movement (ONYM), led by Mr Uche Nnadi, and Coalition of Civil Society Media Executives (COCMEP), barricaded the National Assembly, drumming support for the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.

Vote of Confidence

Eighty-three Senators, 48 from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 35 from the majority All Progressives Congress (APC) passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Communication gap

Sen. Babajide Omowurare (APC-Osun), whose name was initially in the list of Senator who passed a vote of confidence on Saraki’s leadership, shocked his colleagues, when he asked that his name be removed from the list of signatories, citing that he was not a party to the vote of confidence.


Sen. Kabir Marafa (APC-Zamfara) relying on Order 53(5) and 53(8), insisted that the Senate should not have mentioned a motion pending in court. He was ruled out of order when he moved a motion to counter the earlier motion. Irked by the development, Marafa walked out on the Senators.