Tensions rise as Senators bicker over Rivers crisis

by ‘Jola Sotubo

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A repeat of the Rivers House of Assembly debacle almost occurred yesterday as some senators came close to exchanging blows.

The subject of the disagreement was, ironically, the recent spate of crises in Rivers. The Senate is also said to have invited the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before it over the matter.

The major participants in the heated argument were Senators James Manager (PDP, Delta South), and Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North) who had differing opinions over the situation in Rivers.

Vanguard reports:

Also, yesterday, Senator Magnus Abe who was recently shot during an aborted rally in Rivers State, wrote the Senate, alleging that the plot to kill him came from the highest authorities.

The stand-off between both men which quickly degenerated, involved senators from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC. Shortly after the uproar, the legislators were seen backslapping and hugging.

Following the Senate session, Senator Manager told Vanguard that it was a “a quick parliamentary flash.”

The development in the Senate followed Tuesday’s more emotive showdown in the House of Representatives when PDP and APC members held down proceedings following the depiction of the PDP deputy leader, Rep. Leo Ogor as the deputy minority leader by the APC leader, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila.

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