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Tinubu accuses Ekweremadu of favouritism

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Oluremi Tinubu, senator representing Lagos central, has accused Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, of favouritism.

Tinubu made the allegation on the floor of the senate on Wednesday after Ekweremadu called her to second a motion to approve votes and proceedings of Tuesday.

Gilbert Nnaji, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator, had moved the motion for the approval of votes and proceedings.

But Tinubu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, argued that she belongs to the majority party and should be the person to move the motion for the approval of the votes and proceedings.

“With due respect Mr. President, can you give me a minute? Why would I second a minority for crying out loud?,” she asked.

“I am not a minority,” a PDP senator fired back.

She continued: “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 the ranking senator, 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 seventh 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 t 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. Thank God you chose well.

“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.”

Ekweremadu presided over the plenary in the absence of Saraki who is currently in the US.

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