Senators Disagree Over Obanikoro’s Screening

The ministerial screening of a former minister of state for defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has suffered another hitch following a row between senators over the screening exercise.

It would be recalled that first attempt to screen Obanikoro last week ended in chaos and the screening had to be deferred, but the controversy continued on Wednesday morning.

Obanikoro had resigned his former position last year to seek the Lagos governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost to the eventual winner and governorship flag-bearer of the party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.

His renomination by President Goodluck Jonathan is being opposed by senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his alleged role in the use of soldiers alleged to have manipulated the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state.

Obanikoro’s woes continued when the senator representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, raised a point of order challenging the attempt to screen Obanikoro.

Ashafa, who said Obanikoro has a pending case in court, brought out a copy of The Nation Newspaper to buttress his point.

He further said David Mark, president of the senate and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were joined in the suit.

But Mark ruled him out of order, saying the court is yet to serve him in that regard.

“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,” Mark said.

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