The unending drama at the National Assembly continued on Wednesday at the Senate Chambers as Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of APC National Leader Bola Tinubu, refused to observe protocol when she snubbed Senate President Bukola Saraki after her swearing-in.
Twenty-six All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators-elect who didn’t attend the inauguration of the 8th Assembly on Tuesday were sworn in by Bukola Saraki who administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance on the Senators.
Saraki had on Tuesday outwitted APC-backed candidate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, in the race for the Senate Presidency which had stirred a row in the party, leading to the APC declaring that Saraki’s election is unacceptable.
But following a directive by the APC that its Senators-elect who couldn’t attend the inauguration on Wednesday should return to the chamber to be sworn in, the Senators arrived the chamber at 8:30 am.
By protocol, each of the newly-sworn-in senators were expected to present a copy of their certificate to the Senate President after taking the oath of office and in turn shake hands with him.
This was duly followed by others except Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central ), who refused to shake hands with Saraki, but merely showed him her certificate and walked out on the Senate President, leaving his hand hanging.
Lawan, who was the preferred APC candidate for Senate President, and George Akume, who was the preferred deputy, were both sworn-in on Wednesday morning.
Some of the Senators sworn in on Wednesday morning included Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos), Olusola Adeyeye (Osun), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun), and Shehu Sani (Kaduna).