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PDP Senators return to chamber after Wednesday walk-out


Aggrieved Senators elected under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who staged a walk-out on Wednesday returned to plenary on Thursday.

There was a row on Wednesday following defection of the Senator representing Ondo South, Yele Omogunwa from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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For about five minutes, the Senators led by Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio did not enter the chamber after Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki’s process was already in the Red Chamber.

Though, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, also a PDP Senator, joined Saraki’s process, others were nowhere to be found in the chamber, raising the concern that the aggrieved Senators might boycott today’s plenary again.

The Senators had on Wednesday staged a walk-out over Omogunwa’s defection from PDP to APC.

Akpabio who raised Point Of Order to challenge the Ondo Senator’s defection after his letter was read, was ruled out of order by Saraki, hence, the protest.

However, on Thursday, shortly before the commencement of plenary, Akpabio led other PDP Senators into the chamber, a development which threw the floor into loud ovation with the APC Senators welcoming them and exchanging pleasantries.

Speaking at the plenary, Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Na’Allah thanked the opposition members for returning after a thorough meeting with the leadership of the Senate.

Na’Allah said the Senate will continue to be united and place Nigerians interest above individual senator’s interest.

“This Senate means well for this country and there is no issue we can’t put behind us,” Bala said.

Responding, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki also commended the PDP Caucus for their maturity, saying Nigeria’s interest will continue to be at the front burner.

“The interest of Nigerians take lead as we are not here to discuss political party,” Saraki said.

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