Lawmakers knock Senate President, Akpabio for passing bills without input from members


President of the senate, Godswill Akpabio yesterday, received querries from some members of the senate for being dictatorial by passing some bills without giving his colleagues a chance to make their input stating that the senate must be extremely careful with its decisions as they will affect the country either negatively or positively.

Speaking during Thursday’s sitting at the Senate Chamber, senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume who was captured on camera and whose video has already gone viral, slammed the senate president stating that it was completely out of place for him to approve the passage of some executive bills without seeking the input of other members.

Ndume added that passing certain bills without formal reading and members’ contributions does not tell good of his person.

Similarly, the lawmaker representing Nasarawa State under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ogoshi Onawo said Akpabio’s quest to pass some bills hastily was insensitive.

The lawmaker said, “very sensitive bills are brought and are expected to be passed with the speed of light, which is not good for the country.

“Every senator here is supposed to be adequately informed; he does his research and makes a positive contribution, but in a situation where even money bills are brought and expected to be passed within two hours, it wouldn’t be better for the country.

“Sir, you are on the seat today; history will judge you that things like this are not good for this country.” Senator Onawo added.

Responding, the senate president who humbly picked the corrections without any grievances said, “If the bills we pass are good for the country, history will judge me right. I don’t think we would come here to pass a bill that’s not good for the interest of Nigerians. So, your point of order is noted.”

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