There was a little drama in Red Chambers of the Nigerian Senate as Senator Smart Adeyemi called the Governor of Abia State a “drunk.”
Adeyemi, while contributing in hallowed chambers on “Safe School Initiative in Nigeria,” referred to Okezie Ikpeazu as “champagne drinking man”.
The senator reacted based on the slanderous statement made against the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello which is credited to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who from Abia State.
But Abaribe on denied ever saying demeaning things against the person of Kogi State Governor and was rather surprised at such outburst from Adeyemi.
Senator Adeyemi eulogized Yahaya Bello at his commitment for making effort to uplift the well-being of Kogi indigenes why his Abia counterpart wasting his time on alcohol.
He said: “Despite that some Governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority.
“We are bordered by nine states but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighbouring states.
“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.
“In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.
“Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”
The situation was embarrassing that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan had to caution Senator Adeyemi for using unparliamentary language.
Abaribe on the other hand expressed shock over Adeyemi’s comment and asked him to tender unreserved apology to Ikpeazu.
Hear him: “Mr President, I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comments on the governor of Kogi State. Never.
“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not.
“And I see so many things tag to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was tag to his name that was very deleterious.
“I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to open up on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”
Lawan noted the “air has now been cleared” and enjoined Senator Abaribe to address the motion on the floor.
Abaribe agreed with Lawan but insisted that Adeyemi must apologise to Abia Governor “for the very bad statement he made that had no basis.”