Senatorial Seating Spat Almost Derails Senate Resumption


The Senate’s return from its Easter and Sallah break on Tuesday, April 30, was nearly overshadowed by a tumultuous scene as senators engaged in a heated dispute over seating arrangements.

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The plenary began around 11:00 am with the arrival of Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, who took his seat after the customary prayers. Akpabio proceeded to announce the birthdays of senators celebrated during the recess.

However, tensions rose when Senator Sahabi Ya’u (APC – Zamfara North) was observed engaging in a heated exchange with Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti Central), with gestures suggesting admonition.

Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) joined Ya’u in confronting Bamidele and Senator Sunday Karimi (APC – Kogi West), who oversees seating arrangements in the Senate.

The commotion stemmed from the new seating arrangement in the recently renovated main chamber, with some senior senators expressing discontentment over their assigned seats.

Senate President Akpabio intervened, urging the aggrieved senators to address their concerns individually. However, Senator Ya’u seemed reluctant to comply.

The raucous session persisted for about 20 minutes before order was restored. Subsequently, Akpabio delivered his welcome speech, and the Senate Leader proposed an executive session, held behind closed doors, which commenced at 12:05 pm.

The Senate had initially adjourned plenary until April 16 but postponed resumption twice to allow for the completion of renovations on the chamber, ongoing since 2022.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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