Nigerian Senate suspends plenary over death of Reps member
Jerrywright Ukwu|March. 12, 2019
- The Senate on Tuesday, March 12 suspended plenary in honour of a member of the House of Representatives
- Honourable Temitope Olatoye lost his life during last Saturday’s gubernatorial and house of assembly polls in Oyo state
- It is our culture of the National Assembly that when a member dies, the parliament adjourns plenary
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, March 12 suspended plenary in honour of a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Temitope Olatoye, who lost his life during last Saturday’s gubernatorial and house of assembly polls in Oyo state.
Olatoye popularly known as Honourable Sugar was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, on election day, March 9.
He was contesting for the Oyo central senatorial seat under the Action Democratic Party before he met his untimely death.
During plenary, Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan cited order 43 and made reference to the demise of Olatoye.
“It is our culture in the Senate and National Assembly in general that when this kind of thing happens either in Senate or House of Representatives we observe a minute silence and adjourn plenary in honour of our late brother and friend. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
The Senate then observed a minute silence in honor of the deceased honorouble member.
Reacting, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said: “Our condolences goes to his family, the people and government of Oyo state. I hope we can address the issue of what happened to this colleague of ours and the circumstances in which he lost his life.”
Afterwards, the Senate Leader moved that all items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day.
The Senate plenary was subsequently, adjourned to Wednesday, March 13.
Meanwhile, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) have regretted what they described as the lack of progress in election administration and conduct of political parties in Nigeria.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, March 11 Abuja, the African Regional Director of IRI, John Tomaszewski, expressed the disappointment of his delegation at the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
He stated that opinions of Nigerians on the entire exercise pointed to retrogression, as the country had not made any significant progress since the 2015 outing.