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Senate on fire over New PDP

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

The African Examiner,

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

Nigeria’s Senate President David Mark

Senators Smart Adeyemi and Danjuma Goje today had a shouting match over the name, “New PDP” on the floor of the senate.

Goje, who represents Gombe Central Senatorial District, while contributing to a motion on the demise of a former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Agagu, described himself as a member of the Alhaji Abubakar Baraje PDP and added that the New PDP is the authentic one.

Senators who are members of the new PDP applauded the comment while other Senators shouted “no, no, no”.

Senator Smart Adeyemi, (Kogi West) quickly moved a Point of Order to stop Goje from further reference to PDP as a divided party. He said that Goje used “offensive, abusive and insulting words against the PDP.” adding “It is absolutely uncalled for and uncharitable for a former governor who has not defected to another party to stand up on the chamber of the Senate to insult the PDP and members of the party.”

He asked Goje to withdraw the alleged offensive statement, insisting that it was “wrong for Goje who is a PDP member to insinuate that PDP has two factions.”

Goje did not take the interjection of Adeyemi kindly.

The disorder in the chamber got messier and Senate President moved to avert a major rumpus on the floor of the Senate and bring the situation under control. He said, “this is the upper chamber, don’t let us reduce it to a market place.”

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