THERE was mild drama yesterday in the Senate as the absence of President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan and his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege over delayed plenary session, thereby heightening tension among the Senators.
Trouble started yesterday when Senators were already at the door floor, the new chamber in anticipation of commencement of plenary, but after some hours, the two presiding officers were not available and there was no communication to the Senators.
Although Senators of the ninth assembly have recently begun to start plenary sessions late, but yesterday’s incident was different.
Reports had it that the President of the Senate was out of Abuja apparently for the Presidential campaigns and the Deputy was in Delta for his gubernatorial aspiration.
It was also gathered that to save the situation, the Deputy President of the Senate had to rush back from Delta State to Preside over plenary.
There was no communication with regard to suspension or delay in the commencement of the plenary, but Vanguard gathered that there were feelers that plenary session was not going to hold yesterday.
Plenary was however stalled because the two presiding Officers were absent and in line with Order 21, 22 of the Senate Standing Orders 2022 As amended, no body can preside except there is an appointment of a President Pro- Tempore ” and this did not happen.