Oluremi Tinubu, Senator representing Lagos Central, on Wednesday protested what she termed “favoritism” against her party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Senate.
The wife of the National Leader of the APC said that as a ranking Senator and member of the majority party, she should be called to move a motion and not to second one moved by a colleague from a minority party.
Mrs. Tinubu’s protest followed the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu’s decision to call on Gilbert Nnaji of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to move a motion for the adoption of the previous day’s votes and proceedings.
In accordance with Ekweremadu’s call, Mrs Tinubu rose to protest the choice of the “minority” Senator.
The remark by Mrs Tinubu was, however, faulted by PDP lawmakers, a situation that led to a noisy session on the floor of the chambers.
But, speaking, Mrs Tinubu, “With every due respect Mr. President, can you give me a minute? Why would I second a minority for crying out loud?
“We are the majority, you ought to choose a majority before moving the motion and with all due respect to the Senate President, I have been here before you. All of you that are sitting, you can see that the ranking senator here, permit me, all of you that are even revolting are just rookie senators. Excuse me.
“This time, I would do it because I don’t want to waste much time, I would it because you chose Senator Gilbert Nnaji. Nnaji used to be my colleague in the 7th Senate but if you had taken some of these new ones that came, I don’t think I would have done it.
“Because you ought to learn order of precedence. They call it order of precedence. You have to learn order of precedence. You are not yet a majority and you can never be a majority. Mr. President is just doing favouritism which shouldn’t be that.
“But I would do it because Senator Nnaji happens to be my neighbour and also a well-respected colleague, I will do it for you but not for the new ones. Thank God you choose well.”