The Nigerian Senate was thrown into chaos on Tuesday with some members threatening President Muhammad Buhari with impeachment, and Dino Melaye threatening to beat up a fellow senator, Remi Tinubu, the wife of an All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
According to online newspaper Sahara Reporters, the Senators who met behind closed doors were incensed by the proposed trial of the leadership of the Senate for forgery.
Shortly after commencement of a plenary session, some Senators called on their colleagues, led by Senators Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi (APC Kaduna North) and Kabir Marafa (APC Zamfara Central) to sheathe their sword and withdraw the petition that had led to the criminal prosecution of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The Executive Session, which was chaired by Saraki, also reminded the Senate that a committee led by former Senate President David Mark had been set up to “reconcile” members. Curiously, Mr. Mark stood and said he was not informed that he chairs such a committee and that he didn’t know any members. He was simply told to do his “work”.
Shortly after that, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) said in his remarks that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN must be brought before the Senate to be thoroughly grilled and humiliated for charging the Senate leadership with forgery in court.
Mr. Melaye called on the Senators in attendance to fight the presidency to a standstill. In his rant, he issued a wide variety of threats. Recognized to speak, Senator Remi Tinubu (APC) Lagos Central said the Senate should not be reduced to a kindergarten where Senators could just issue childish threats, and called on Senators to close ranks and seek reconciliation amongst its members.
That was when Melaye flew into rage, calling her names. “I will beat you up on this floor and nothing will happen,” he threatened.
The statement caused a commotion on the floor as Senators in her support gathered to protect her.
Some of the senators who supported Melaye include, Senators Danjuma Goje, Jibrin Barau, Isa Misau and Peter Nwaoboshi. -SignalNg