Plenary at the Senate on Wednesday turned rowdy over the primaries conducted by All Pregressive Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State.
Senator Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East) had raised a point of order to tell the Senate about how APC primary allegedly threatened the peace in Akwa Ibom. He also said the PDP was ready for a peaceful contest in the state.
Former Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, also from the state, who recently defected from PDP to APC, raised a point of order apparently to respond to Akpan. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, however, said Akpabio could only speak from the seat allocated to him but not on a seat of the Minority Leader and question Akpabio on why he sat on a seat not allocated to him which also belong to a Minority Leader, in which Akpabio has since seize to be.
The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, protested, stating that Akpabio could speak from any seat within the chamber. Other APC Senators also raised their voices. During the disruption that lasted several minutes, Senator Dino Malaye was seen going about, engaging APC senators in a war of words. Senator Kabiru Marafa and some APC senators also rose to engage Malaye. Effort by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to intervene in the matter failed as the chamber became noisy.
Akpabio, who eventually relocated to the seat beside Senator Ali Ndume, demanded an apology from Saraki for allegedly being embarrased by the Senate President, which the presiding officer denied. Saraki asked Akpabio who allocated the seat that does not belong to him. Akpabio eventually said he would withhold his comment until the chamber had been reconfigured.