OrderPaperToday – Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos) has referred to her colleagues as rookies during plenary in the Senate earlier today.
This happened when the presiding officer and Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, read out the votes and proceedings and then called upon Senator Gilbert Nnaji to move for its adoption before asking Senator Tinubu to second the adoption.
But the Lagos Central Senator felt insulted and promptly accused Ekweremadu of ‘favouritism” and asked him to “learn the order of precedence” saying as a member of the party in majority, she should not be asked to second a motion moved by a colleague from the minority party.
She said, “With every due respect Mr. President, can you give me a minute? Why would I second a minority for crying out loud?”
A Senator swiftly shouted “I am not a minority.”
She charged at the Senator and said, “We are 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 I am a 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 choose 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. You are not yet a majority and you can never be a majority.”
She also told the Deputy Senate President that he “ought to learn order of precedence. They call it order of precedence. You have to learn order of precedence. Mr. President is just doing favouritism which shouldn’t be that.”
She however agreed to second the adoption of the votes and proceedings because “it is Senator Nnaji happens to be my neighbor and also a well-respected colleague, I will do it for you but not for the new ones.
“Anyway, having registered my protest, I rise to support the motion ably moved by my colleague that the votes and proceedings of Tuesday be adopted. Thank you.”
Reacting to her statement, Ekweremadu said, “Meanwhile, your point has no basis under our rules.”