The Nigerian senate on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 broke into a row over the screening of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who was nominated for a ministerial appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Obanikoro who resigned as Minister of State for Defence had earlier quit his job to seek the gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, which he lost to Jimi Agbaje.
Senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have vehemently kicked against his renomination over his alleged militarization of Ekiti State, prior to the victory of Governor Ayo Fayose at the governorship election.
Visibly vocal about his displeasure over Obanikoro’s nomination was Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East, who raised a point of order saying th former Ambassador of Nigeria to Ghana had a pending case in court.
In order to buttress his point, Senator Ashafa brough out a copy of the Nation Newspaper, stressing that Senate President, David Mark and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were joined in the suit.
He was however ruled as out of order by Mark, who said he is yet to be served any court papers.
Senator Mark said: “You don’t serve me on the pages of the newspaper. As far as I am concerned, there is no case in court, so I rule you out of order.”
More details to come.