APC Senators lambasts Mark over Obanikoro’s ministerial confirmation

FILE PHOTO: Musiliu Obanikoro at the Lagos PDP governorship primaries rally

The Senators of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday condemned the confirmation of Musiliu Obanikoro’s ministerial position.

The APC lawmakers organized a press conference after they staged a walk when Mr Obanikoro’s confirmation was announced at the floor of the Senate.

The senate APC leader, George Akume, expressed his disappointment at the result stating that Mr. Obanikoro’s issue was clearly overruled.

“The Senate President has decided to override the members of the senate.

“When a matter is in court, the senate should not deliberated on it.

“If in the past, the Senate refused to confirm some Senators due to different objections, then why is Obanikoro different.

“We want Nigerians to take note that the country is being deceived by the Senate,” he said.

Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, said the confirmation of Mr. Obanikoro was a breach of the Nigerian constitution.

Mr. Abe also explained the main reason for their opposition was because they believe Mr. Obanikoro breached his oath of office.

Olubunmi Adetumbi, representing Ekiti State Senatorial District, said the confirmation was clearly on partisan basis, which is not in the best interest of Nigerians.

But the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Enyinnaya Abaribe, dismissed Musiliu Obanikoro’s involvement of the leaked Ekiti rigging tape as a mere allegation.

“There are allegations against Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, but in our law and the constitution of Nigeria, anything that is a mere allegation that is not a court decision is nothing but a mere allegation.

“The laws of Nigeria is very clear; you are innocent until proven guilty, so that is what played out on the floor of the Senate.

“The Senators who addressed the press conference and spoke otherwise of Senator Obanikoro are enjoying a privilege.

“This is because some of them have EFCC cases, and they are still in the senate because of this privilege of being innocent until proven guilty. So they cannot go to a press conference, and try to convict somebody when the person has not been convicted by a court of law.

“The Senate is not a court of law and even when the Senate conducts its own investigation, it passes it to the appropriate body for prosecution.

When asked about the APC lawmakers staging a walk out, Mr. Abaribe said, “If within the time of any day’s business a Senator decides that he has some other place to go, we cannot stop them”.


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  • Sam

    Nigeria don enter one chance

  • King Carlos

    Oga o…. what kind of government is this o.. olohun wa gbà wa lo wó ijòba PinDiPi o.

  • evi

    Kudos to our pdp senators for not taking part in the show of shame by apc senators. Apc senators and rep members are tinubu’s errand boys, hypocrites and self righteous idiots who live in glass houses and still throw stones .almost all of them were rigged into office while others won on pdp platform and decamped
    Useless law breakers.

  • Frank Bassey

    Many of the APC leaders “lambasting” Senator Mark are stunningly corrupt; some of them have various cases with EFCC, yet they set in the honourable chambers. How would you accuse Obanikoro on manipulated tape?

  • ID69

    This is shameful…what a disgraceful senate!

  • Layo

    David mark is a criminal. He merely delayed others for Koro. They have passed a message across that our opinions don’t matter. We shall matter at the polls.

  • SAM .A

    This PDP shall be known for its Signature: Impunity, Corruption, Impoverishing Lie & Deceit. The only political party in the World who will deliberately put criminals in sensitive position in Government .

  • Action Group

    David Mark has cleverly and cunningly outsmarted the opposition to have his way,he should remember that ” he who laughs last laugh best”.This is the last Senate he will preside over because by this his singular effort he has shown that he has no respect for Nigerians.He shall soon meet his Waterloo.

  • justme

    When u have cases of kettles calling pots black is when u have APC members who are bunch of corrupt people pointing fingers at others!!

  • Dazmillion

    I said it a few days back that Koro will be confirmed. There is no way the senior brother of corruption, David Mark, will preside over a senate that rejects a criminal. All the initial noise was about testing the waters to gauge how much dollars is needed to bribe the senators. Remember most of these senators are broke from election campaigne.

    This is classic Jonathan administration, they love their criminals.

  • Tunde

    Is Mark a democrat?

  • 05FISH

    Mark will confirm lucifer as a federal minister as long as the price is right.. May God punish the enemies within. Mark is evil.

  • favourtalk

    Nigeria will reject this people come March 28 by the grace of God, we can’t continue this way, we need a change now

  • August January

    You can see that PDP guys don’t bloody care about what the masses but reasonable Nigerians feel, or what reputable members of international community think about the culture of impunity that has been prevailing under Jonathan. They have all reached the apogee of moral bankruptcy and legislative recklessness, but God and posterity will judge them

    • richkid

      I bet you didn’t read that post. Apc are noisy people. Why will they walk out. That he has a court case is an allegation, the court has not ruled the case. Why are you jealous of this man’s progress.

    • richkid

      I bet you didn’t read that post. Apc are noisy people. Why will they walk out. That he has a court case is an allegation, the court has not ruled the case. Why are you jealous of this man’s progress. Gej all the way

  • richkid

    Apc like to create tension all the time. He allegedly, that an allegation. Has a case in court, court has not ruled. Why become uncivilised to walk out of the house? Court didn’t confirm him case yet. Read the constitution. GEJ all the way