The upper chamber of the National Assembly kicked off its plenary for the week in a rather dramatic manner on Tuesday, as Senator Ali Ndume, the Whip, exited the chamber abruptly after being declared out of order by Senate President Godswill Akpabio.
Ndume had invoked a point of order by referencing Order 54 of the Senate rules, asserting that it was the Chief Whip’s duty to provide guidance on parliamentary procedures and the conduct of plenary sessions.
Through this point of order, Ndume attempted to bring to the Senate President’s attention certain issues pertaining to the proceedings of the Senate. However, after attentively considering Ndume’s point of order, the Senate President pointed out that the section mentioned by Ndume did not correspond to the content of the Order 54 he had cited. Consequently, Akpabio ruled him as being out of order.
At this juncture, Ndume left the plenary session and headed to his office, while the Senate President called for a closed session. However, upon receiving a call from a fellow colleague informing him that the Senate had resolved to convene a closed session, Ndume promptly returned to participate in the proceedings of the closed session.
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