The PDP senators’ refusal may have been as a result of the screening and confirmation of the former Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, by the lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In line with the Senate’s tradition, a member of the ruling party would move for the adoption of the motion, while an opposition member would second the motion.
As a result, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, upon directive by the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, moved motion for adoption of the Votes and Proceedings of last Thursday.
But when Senator Peter Nwaboshi was called upon to second it, he rejected the request.
“Mr President, I’m sorry, I will not be able to second this motion because I was not there,” Nwaboshi said.
Nwaboshi and other PDP senators had staged a walkout from the plenary last Thursday when the confirmation of Amaech’s ministerial nomination was to be done.
But still wanting the motion to be seconded, Saraki opted for a very strange practice in the Senate.
He called on another APC senator, Ibrahim Gobir, to second the motion earlier moved by an APC senator.
Even at the point of putting it to voice vote, rivalry between APC and PDP senators still reverberated through the Red Chamber, as both parties shouted thunderous ‘ayes’ and ‘nays’ to it.
But Saraki, however, ruled in favour of the ayes.
Meanwhile, the Senate has sent a nine-man delegation to Adamawa State to commiserate with government and victims of the recent bomb blasts in the state visit.
This was sequel to a motion moved to that effect by Senator Ahmadu Abubakar.
The delegation, which is to be led by the Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, has senators Mao Ohuabunwa, Solomon Adesola, Shaaba Lafiagi, Kabiru Marafa and the three senators from Adamawa State as members.
Three new bills were introduced before the Senate on Tuesday.
They include: Control of Delegated Legislation Bill 2015 (SB. 53) sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi, Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome processed foods (Miscellaneous provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2015 (SB. 55) sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi and National Youth Development Agency Bill 2015 (SB. 62) sponsored by Senator Tijani Kaura.