12 months 2019 was stuffed with many twists and dramas within the Higher Chambers.
Behind the historic moments had been some senators that caught the eye of thousands and thousands of Nigeria.
Listed here are the senators who courted and hugged controversies in 2019:
Senator Sabi Abdullahi
He was sooner or later the spokesman of the eighth Senate. The consultant of Niger North district is Deputy Chief whip of the Senate. He sponsored the notorious hate speech invoice. To make it worse, he proposed dying punishment for violators, sparking quite a lot of outcries throughout the nation.
Senator Sani Musa
The billionaire businessman – turned- politician acquired elected in moderately controversial circumstances after his social gathering initially denied him the ticket within the major elections. Having settled into the Pink Chamber proposed the social media invoice, which many Nigerians condemned as obnoxious.
Senator Dino Melaye
Though he’s no extra within the Chamber, Senator Dino Melaye succeeded in entertaining Nigerians as common earlier than he misplaced out in a fiercely contested rerun election. Loud, abrasive and fairly wordy, Melaye might move for a commerce union chief as a substitute of a distinguished senator.
In January, Melaye refused to give up to the police following an allegation that he shot and virtually killed a police officer at a checkpoint in Kogi on July 19, 2018. After laying siege to his condominium in Abuja for days, the controversial senator surrendered to the police on January 4, 2019 after fellow lawmakers persuaded him to resolve the scenario with the police amicably.
Not achieved together with his antics, Melaye developed an ailment to perpetually hold himself in ‘sick bed’ to forestall trial. The Police medical group needed to give him a clear invoice of well being and transferred him from an Abuja hospital to the DSS medical facility.
On attending to the DSS hospital, the ‘ailing’ Melaye refused to enter the primary constructing of the centre. The viral pictures of Melaye sleeping on the ground throughout the premises of the DSS hospital painted an image of a person who enjoys being on the centre of controversies.
In September, when his prison trial resumed, the ex-Kogi West senator confirmed up as a stroke affected person. He was assisted into the courtroom by two aides, who instructed the courtroom that the senator couldn’t stroll. Melaye’s limitless drama hit its climax in November when he misplaced the rerun of the Kogi West senatorial election to Sensible Adeyemi, who he refers to as his political spouse.
Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho
The Igala-born senator was largely nameless throughout the 12 months below evaluate. Whereas he didn’t see the necessity to stay within the background as he has at all times achieved, it stays a thriller. As a substitute, the senator representing Kogi East senatorial district displayed insensitivity by decreasing the dying of Mrs. Salome Abu, a Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP ladies chief in his state as a topic of politicking.
At a time the nation was shell-shocked over the brutal homicide of a feminine politician, Echocho selected to play politics. He exonerated the perpetrators, saying that it was a retaliatory assault that left two others critically injured too.
Senator Elisha Abbo
The Adamawa-born politician began his journey to the Senate on a moderately distasteful word. Weeks after the Senate settled down for enterprise, a video of Abbo assaulting a nursing mom surfaced on the web.
Abbo, who is without doubt one of the youngest senators within the ninth Meeting, totally embarrassed himself and the sacred establishment he represents. What adopted after the video went viral, was at finest solely match for comedy reveals.
First, the senator vehemently denied the authenticity of the video. When he realised he couldn’t maintain the lie, he apologised to Nigerians in a hurriedly organised press convention. Whereas some Nigerians started to canvass for him to be forgiven, Abbo confirmed up in courtroom pleading not responsible.
Abbo is without doubt one of the youngest senators within the ninth Senate. Within the area of 1 week, Abbo embroiled himself in one other controversy when he had an altercation with Mrs. Remi Tinubu, a member of the Senate advert hoc committee investigating the incident between him and the nursing mom.
Tinubu had suggested Abbo to adjust to the foundations of the committee or get suspended after the senator refused to swear an oath. Irked by the assertion, Abbo misplaced it, saying, “I will not sit here and listen to you threaten me with suspension. I am a senator like you. You cannot threaten me with suspension.”