BY AHURAKA ISAH and SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja
The no love lost between the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume ( APC Borno South),yesterday, affected attempt made by the latter for the Senate to observe another minute silence for late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died in April this year.
Ndume had on his first day in Senate after the 90 legislative days suspension brought against him in March this year , risen through order 43 of the senate’s standing rules to submit that he was away when Adeleke died which made him not to be part of tributes and honour Senate paid the deceased then.
Ndume stated that the late Adeleke who represented Osun West in the Senate on the platform of APC, was his landlord in the Senate chamber by virtue of his seat right behind him.
“During my seven and a half months away from the Senate , a respected colleague of ours, the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke whose seat then was rightly behind me passed on but since I wasn’t in the senate then , I couldn’t join others in giving the late Adeleke the honour he deserved.
“I thank the senate for whatever honour might have been given the departed colleague but I want to most humbly request us to observe another minute silence in honour of the Senator whose memory struck me immediately I sat on my seat this morning looking behind my seat”, he said .
But the Senate President in his ruling , sharply responded by noting Ndume’s point of order without carrying out any voice votes on his request.
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