The Senate President, David Mark, Wednesday promised to do everything in his power to defend the sovereignty of the legislature.
Mr. Mark said this in reaction to the current storm brewing in the lower house of the National Assembly, where the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had his security aides withdrawn because he defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress.
“I want to assure all of you that I would do the needful, to protect and defend the legislature at all costs.
“I am therefore doing all that I can to resolve the current impasse,” Mr. Mark said.
Responding, a Senator representing Ekiti Central senatorial district and spokesperson for the APC senators, Babafemi Ojodu, said PDP legislators were hindering the optimal functioning of legislative duties.
Mr. Ojodu said the internal scuffle within the PDP has hindered the activities of the National Assembly
“We wanted to fight and they didn’t allow us.
“Why must it be when it affects us that we must act.
“People should have standards.
“Now they have seen that they have made themselves slaves to the executives and when you make yourself a slave, you would be treated as one,” he said.
The senate adjourned sitting till next Tuesday after Mr. Mark insisted that the withdrawal of Mr. Tambuwal’s aide could not be discussed since it was already in court.
“The matter is already in a court of law and we can’t discuss the issues here,” the Senate President said.