On Wednesday, 30th November, there was a rowdy session at the Senate plenary following an official decamping of a serving PDP Senator, Yele Omogunwa representing Ondo South . The Senator wrote a letter of notice to the leadership of the Parliament that he had dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The development led to all the PDP senators led by the Minority Leader, Godwill Kpabio, staging an amazing walk out from the chambers.
It was Soon after Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had read the letter of defection from Senator Omogunwa that the Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio challenged it with a point of order. He stated that the parliament should not encourage such. political rascality. Adding that the seat belongs to PDP and should be declared vacant.
The Senate President however ruled Akpabio out of order before Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West rose to speak on the same issue in the same order and he was duely recognized by Saraki.
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP, Delta North then pointed out order 43. Which poked hole in the recognition of Melaye on the same issue when another senator had already been ruled out of it’s order.he added that it was absolutely not necessary.
When efforts by Senator Akpabio to speak again proved abortive, he then led his colleagues (other PDP Senators) out of the chambers. This led to a breakdown in Plenary activities as almost all the bills slated for discussion were sponsored by PDP members.
Due to this development, the Senate President was forced to
Announce Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Labour Party, Delta Central to step in as Minority leader and he immediately took over the seat of Akpabio.