Even though they met for just one day this week, the lawmakers did not fail to display their usual drama.
Before embarking on the usual annual recess, members of the upper chamber tackled issues of “urgent national importance” ranging from mass defection of members to notice of some nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It all began with the heavy presence of security personnel who laid siege at both the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The duo were prevented from leaving their houses following a police invitation for investigation into alleged killings in the Offa bank robbery and for alleged conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering.
After reading out President Buhari’s letter of appointment for Chairman and members of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr Sarakai, thereafter, announced the defection of 15 senators of the All Progressives Party (APC) to other parties. Majority of them joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, had opposed the defection as he demanded that the announcement of defections be “contained” so as to let leaders of the party address the issue. This was not granted.
Many lawmakers visited Mr Ekweremadu after the plenary session. At the time of the visit, the siege at his residence had been lifted.