Drama in Senate as Tinubu protests alleged ‘favouritism’ against APC

Oluremi Tinubu, Senator representing Lagos Central, on Wednesday
protested what she termed "favoritism" against her party, the All
Progressives Congress, APC, at the Senate.

The wife of the National Leader of the APC said that as a ranking
Senator and member of the majority party, she should be called to move
a motion and not to second one moved by a colleague from a minority

Mrs. Tinubu's protest followed the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu's
decision to call on Gilbert Nnaji of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, to move a motion for the adoption of the previous day's votes and

In accordance with Ekweremadu's call, Mrs Tinubu rose to protest the
choice of the "minority" Senator.

The remark by Mrs Tinubu was, however, faulted by PDP lawmakers, a
situation that led to a noisy session on the floor of the chambers.

But, speaking, Mrs Tinubu, "With every due respect Mr. President, can
you give me a minute? Why would I second a minority for crying out

"We are the majority, you ought to choose a majority before moving the
motion and with all due respect to the Senate President, I have been
here before you. All of you that are sitting, you can see that the
ranking senator here, permit me, all of you that are even revolting
are just rookie senators. Excuse me.

"This time, I would do it because I don't want to waste much time, I
would it because you chose Senator Gilbert Nnaji. Nnaji used to be my
colleague in the 7th Senate but if you had taken some of these new
ones that came, I don't think I would have done it.

"Because you ought to learn order of precedence. They call it order of
precedence. You have to learn order of precedence. You are not yet a
majority and you can never be a majority. Mr. President is just doing
favouritism which shouldn't be that.

"But I would do it because Senator Nnaji happens to be my neighbour
and also a well-respected colleague, I will do it for you but not for
the new ones. Thank God you choose well.

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