OrderPaperToday– The Senate on Tuesday adjourned its plenary over the death of Ja’afaru Illiyasu, member of the House of Representatives who represents Magama/Rijau federal constituency of Niger State.

Illiyasu passed away on Monday morning.

As is the tradition of the National Assembly, the Red Chamber adjourned plenary to show respect over the death of the federal lawmaker.

Before the adjournment, the Senate leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, tried moving for the suspension of all the items listed on the order paper when he realised his microphone was not working.

The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, coming to Yahaya’s rescue, told him, “you are the Senate leader, you can use any seat.”

This, however, is a major violation of the Senate Standing Order, 2015, as amended.

Section 11 (2) titled ‘Sittings of Senate’, instructs that a senator can only speak from the seat allocated to him and that can only be changed if the Senate president moves a motion seeking for the suspension of its rules for Yahaya to speak from somewhere else.

On the protection of the Senate President, Yahaya went to Senator Barau Jibrin’s seat to move for the adjournment of plenary.

Similarly, the minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe while seconding motion also spoke from Senator Barau’s seat which caused rowdiness from his colleagues because he spoke from an APC member’s seat.

Abaribe, after seconding the motion, called for an urgent renovation of the chamber.

He said, “Reluctantly using Jibrin Barau’s microphone, telling us that the renovation for this chamber should be in top burner.”

Justifying Abaribe’s move, Lawan said: “Today is not our usual day so if the minority leader is in an unusual seat, it is because the occasion demands it.”

The chamber’s plenary was then adjourned till the 4th of December.


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