Deputy Senate President briefs VP Osinbajo on national assembly incident

The leadership of the Senate has officially intimated the Presidency on the invasion of the Senate Chamber on Wednesday by hoodlums.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who breezed into Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s office on Wednesday evening, told Journalists that the invasion, allegedly masterminded by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

He said the Vice President sympathised with the legislature over the embarrassing act and promised to join forces with them to get to the root of the matter.

Well I am sure you are aware of the Senate invasion today and we have to come and brief the Vice President because the President is not in town, so it was appropriate for him to know what transpired because we run a democracy. We are all in one government and it is the responsibility of the President or the Vice President to ensure that there is law and order in the country and once we have this kind of major development it is important that he is briefed at the earliest opportunity.

The Senate President is out of the country, its therefore my responsibility to come over and brief the Vice President. He has sympathized with us over what happened and he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter to make sure that this will not happen again.

For us, it’s a threat to our democracy, the invasion of the parliament is not acceptable to any person, it’s not acceptable to me, it’s not acceptable to the Vice President, it’s not acceptable to my colleagues; I believe it’s not also acceptable to the President.So those who acted this script must be on their own, he said.

Senator Ekweremadu said the action of one of them; Senator Omo-Agege was uncalled for. He therefore appealed to the media to help in forestalling such.

All we need to do as a country is to ensure that this is forestalled and I want to appeal to the media to help us discourage this kind of brigandage so that people have to behave in a very responsible manner.

But let me assure you that we are on top of the situation, we did our sitting today and we are going to continue tomorrow. Having suffered suspension, does Omo-Agege have legal right to enter the chamber? It was a breach of the law for him to force himself into the chambers. As I said, police is still investigating. We are going to find out the details of those who aided him to come in and then some of them I believe have been arrested and we will get to the root of the matter, the Deputy Senate President said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria