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PDP, APC Senators Clash Over Akwa Ibom APC Primaries

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The plenary session of the senate on Wednesday witnessed a clash between senators under the aegis of the PDP and over the .

Senator Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East) had raised a point of order to tell the Senate about ‎how the APC primary allegedly threatened the peace in Akwa Ibom. He also said the PDP was ready for a peaceful contest in the state.

Former Minority Leader, Senator , also from the state, who recently defected from the to the APC, raised a point of order apparently to respond to Akpan.

President of the Senate, Saraki, however, said Akpabio could only speak from the seat allocated to him.

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The Majority Leader, Senator , protested, stating that Akpabio could speak from any seat within the chamber.

Other APC senators also raised their voices.

During the disruption that lasted ‎several minutes, Senator was seen going about, engaging APC senators in a war of words. Senator Kabiru Marafa and some APC senators also rose to engage Melaye.

Efforts by the Deputy President of the Senate, , to intervene in the matter failed as the chamber became noisy.

Akpabio, who eventually relocated to the seat beside , demanded an apology from Saraki for allegedly being embarrassed by the Senate President, which the presiding officer denied.

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Akpabio and Saraki also had a debate on who allocated the seat to the Akwa Ibom senator.

Akpabio eventually said he would withhold his comment until the chamber had been reconfigured.

Source: PUNCH

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