Thursday, 26 September 2013

Old and New PDP Members clash In the Senate


Barely a week after a similar clash in the House of Reps, supporters of Old and New PDP loyal to the Kawu Baraje-led faction and Bamangar Tukur led-faction clashed at the Senate on Wednesday.

Trouble started when ex-governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, representing Gombe Central Senatorial district, while extolling late Segun Agagu’s virtues, described himself as a member of New PDP with Alhaji Kawu Baraje as the National Chairman of their party.

The Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi, immediately raised a point of order which was granted by the Senate President.

Adeyemi argued that Goje had ran foul of order 53 of the Senate Standing Rule, by “using offensive language against the party on whose platform he was elected as a senator” and asked Mark to caution him.

The debate was nearly hijacked by members of the main opposition party in the senate, APC, who shouted at Adeyemi to sit down while he was making his submissions. Supporters of New PDP also joined the APC members in the Senate and shouted at Adeyemi.

Mark immediately intervened and remarked that:
The PDP remained a strong united party and Goje has not said he is not a member. He only said someone else is the chairman of the party which he recognises. We are distinguished senators, do not let us turn our chamber into a market place over a small issue.”

Goje further added that he is a founding member of the PDP while Smart Adeyemi joined some years ago.

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