Legislative debate on Tuesday was an altercation of some kind as Senator Aishatu Ahmed Binani Dahiru got here underneath heavy criticism for peddling falsehood in her movement regarding Bayelsa State.
Senator Binani representing Adamawa Central Senatorial district had sponsored a “invoice for an act to supply the authorized framework to ascertain the Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State.
In her lead debate through the plenary, she burdened the necessity to take into account the invoice provided that Mubi was sufficiently old to have a Federal Medical Centre.
She additional made comparisons of smaller states in Nigeria, having Federal Medical Centres, together with Bayelsa State.
Uncomfortable with Senator Binani’s submission, citing Bayelsa as a smaller state in Nigeria, Seriake Dickson representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district faulted the assertion that Bayelsa was smaller in inhabitants.
He stated the navy administration which was dominated by northern parts created states as they wished, arguing that states weren’t created primarily based on inhabitants.
He stated: “Nobody within the Senate, nobody on this nation, will inform Bayelsa that we now have eight native governments.
“In my Senatorial district, it should take me 4 days to go spherical. In Sagbama Native Authorities the place I come from, it took me three days to go round as governor.
The scale of Bayelsa is greater than some eight states on this nation by way of bodily landmass and water our bodies.
“I simply really feel, I ought to stand as much as enlighten the sponsor of this invoice and by so doing, the remainder of Nigerians. However when individuals speak about inhabitants, we ought to be cautious, as a result of if you happen to look deep into it and also you ask, who performed, who verified; what and what accounted, the place are the homes, the place are the communities; who’re the residents and the way justifiable are these? You uncover that one thing is incorrect.
At this level, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan moved to guard Senator Binani, urging the visibly angered former governor, to not enter ill-motives into the movement.
Lawan stated: “Distinguish Senator Seriake Dickson, frankly, I’ve to information this debate as a result of you have got made your level and given our standing orders, one shouldn’t enter improper motives on submission by our colleagues.
“I believe the dialogue will not be on the Bayelsa inhabitants or census performed earlier than.
“I believe we should always focus on the principle focus of the movement that may set up the Federal Medical Centre. I agree there are a lot of questions individuals wish to ask, however I believe the essence of this debate is to deal with the ideas and deserves of the invoice and you might be very conversant with that course of.
Dickson insisting that the invoice was laced with falsehood maintained that Binani might have made her level with out a reference to Bayelsa, whereas he referred to as for the Bayelsa facet to be expunged from the invoice.
“What I’ll proceed to say with due respect is that debates on this hallowed Chambers should be primarily based on variable details. So if anybody is standing right here, she might as effectively make her case with out making reference to Bayelsa.
“She on her personal referred to populations and figures that aren’t verifiable.
“The bottom was not defined and I used to be solely rising to clarify the reality with out prejudice to the deserves of the invoice.
“That the factual premise that she has pushed ahead as the rationale or one of many the explanation why this invoice ought to be thought of is defective.
“That ought to be expunged as a result of it isn’t factual; it’s not right.
Senate President once more interjected to calm nerves, saying: “I’m positive that’s the means you have got rounded off.