DRAMA IN SENATE OVER PASSAGE OF ARMED FORCES SERVICE COMMISSION BILL

Written by on March 17, 2021

There was drama in the Senate on Wednesday over the passage of a bill, seeking to establish the Armed Forces Service Commission, as lawmakers disagreed over the constitutionality of the content of the proposed bill.

According to the bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the appointment of the service chiefs will be subject to the recommendations of the proposed commission.

The debate on the bill took a partisan dimension as senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress, kicked against the bill.

The President of the Senate, however, put a voice vote, with the nays having it; a decision Abaribe disagreed with.

Abaribe citing order 73 of the Senate Standing Rule, called for a division, asking that lawmakers vote individually on the bill.

The tensed atmosphere forced Lawan to call for a closed door session.

(Editor: Ifeanyi Mark)


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