There was drama during Wednesday’s plenary at the Senate as 10 lawmakers staged a walk-out in protest against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act.
The protesters alleged that the amendment was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari, as they vowed to reverse the adoption of the report by the Senate.
The 10 senators are Abdullahi Adamu, Nasarawa-APC; Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC; Binta Garba, Adamawa-APC; Ali Wakili, Bauchi-APC; Kurfi Umaru, Katsina-APC and Andrew Uchendu, Rivers-APC.
Others are: Abdullahi Danbaba, Sokoto-APC; Yahaya Abdullahi, Kebbi-APC; Abu Ibrahim, Katsina-APC, and Benjamin Uwajumogu, Imo-APC.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif, had presented the report at the plenary on Wednesday.
After the presentation, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki put the adoption of the report to voice vote, saying there was no need for debate on it as it was from a conference committee which had harmonised the versions of the two chambers.
After the vote, the ‘ayes’ had it and Saraki ruled on it, an uproar broke out in the chambers as the All Progressives Congress, APC, members of the upper legislative chambers moved in protest.
Saraki also ruled against three senators who raised points of order to protest against the adoption.