PDP, APC senate caucuses reunite after walkout
The crisis that rocked the Senate on Wednesday following the defection of Senator Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South) from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) attracted serious peace meeting between the Senate leadership and the two caucuses on Thursday.
Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, declared later that it was noteworthy that the crisis was resolved in favour of peace and unity in the Senate.
The meeting which held shortly before plenary session at the Senate behind closed was said to have offered opportunities for both caucuses to open up on contentious issues that precipitated the crisis.
At the commencement of the plenary, the Senate Deputy Majority leaser, Bala Na’Allah, said it was important that the co-operation between the opposition and the majority caucus was allowed to continue in the interest of peace.
He said: “I honestly and sincerely commend the patriotism, the commitment of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus ably guided by distinguished senator Godswill Akpabio and supported by distinguished senator Ike Ekweremadu. And to happily say that as from today I feel happy that I have been vindicated that this Senate is a distinct Senate, that this Senate means well for this country and there is nothing, and I repeat, nothing that we do not have the capacity to resolve politically. I thank the leadership of PDP caucus for that very good quality.”
In a brief remark to appreciate the speedy resolution of the crisis, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki said: “I can also note and add a word to commend the friends of the PDP caucus and continue to show that this Senate is one family.
“As we have always said the major issue is national issues, we are here representing the country and the people that voted for us…. I must continue to appreciate the collaboration and the brotherhood that has existed in this chamber and will continue to exist in the interest of this great country.”