The last may not have been heard of the face-off between Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa Central) and the leadership of the Upper Legislative Chamber, as more troubles seem to be heading the former’s way.
This followed an allegation by a fellow Senator, Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi Central), on Thursday saying that there are evidences of sinister plots by the former Chairman of Northern Senators’ Forum, to cause disaffection and chaos among senators and leadership of the Red Chamber.
The Senate, as a result, resolved to investigate the allegation by setting up a probe panel to that effect.
Ogba, had raised the Point of Order, under matters of urgent public importance, claiming to possess documented evidence to prove that his accused colleague is plotting against the Senate.
Substantiating his claims during plenary, Ogba accused the Senator whom he said is not acting alone, of plotting against the leadership using planned protests by civil society groups and market women.
He said: “I rise to inform this Senate of a plan to destabilise it; including the Senate leadership, by organising demonstrations towards which money has been exchanging hands.
“I believe that all of us are all leaders in this country, and anybody who sees what will destabilise this country, the senate or democracy should avoid it.
“As we are here, if there is any issue bothering you, you have the opportunity to raise it and not to go outside the chambers to start planning civil organisations and market women to demonstrate against the leadership of the senate,” the lawmaker said.
Ogba therefore prayed the Senate to investigate the allegation, adding that ”the matter should not be treated with a kid gloves.
“I want this matter to be investigated properly. I have evidence to show what I am saying.
“There is record of a telephone discussion between Sen. Abdullahi Adamu and some other people which every other person can also print out.
“This is a very serious issue. When Senator Isah Misau raised it in January, we didn’t take it as anything, we must stand up to look into this.
“If we treat it with a wave of the hand, if it eventually happened, I would say I already said it”, Ogba cautioned.
Responding to the allegation, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session, stressed the need to preserve the sanctity of the legislature toward protecting the country’s democracy.
Ekweremadu said the difference between military regime, autocratic regime or any other kind of repressive regime and the democratic regime was the parliament.
In his own words: “Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems.
“Whatever we do we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament.
“So I want to stress again that any person interested in destabilising this country is not doing us any good.
“We have received this information from Ogba, so we will refer it to our committee on petitions to look at it and report back in two weeks,” Ekweremadu ruled.