Sunday, 14 July 2013

RIVERS CRISIS: Senator escapes suspension

Culled from Dailytrust
RIVERS CRISIS: Senator escapes suspension
Senator Babajide Omoworare (ACN, Osun) narrowly escaped suspension from the Senate after he accused Senate President David Mark of rigging votes on the resolution on the crisis rocking the Rivers state House of Assembly.

On Wednesday, Senator Omoworare had challenged the decision of Senator Mark when voice vote was taken on a prayer which sought to urge Inspector General of Police to intervene and restore the frosty relationship between Rivers governor Rotimi Ameachi and Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu.

After the Senate was divided, with each Senator voting, Mark announced that those in support of the motion were in the majority, but this did not go down well with Omoworare, who wept bitterly.

He later, addressed newsmen after the plenary sitting where he accused Mark of rigging the election.

Senator Bello Tukur (PDP, Adamawa) had raised a point of order drawing the attention of his colleagues to what he called “disparaging” statements credited to Senator Omoworare, which he said has painted the Senate in bad light and prayed that the matter be referred to the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for investigation.
Omoworare later said he was sorry if the interview gave the impression that he disparaged the Senate.

The senator’s apology was accepted by the Senate. 

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