Yemi Adaramodu, spokesman for the 10th Senate, disclosed on Tuesday why Senate President Godswill Akpabio visited the Presidential Villa on Monday.
According to Adaramodu, Akpabio did not pay a visit to President Bola Tinubu due to the senate turmoil surrounding the screening of a ministerial nominee, Festus Keyamo.
During an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday, the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District revealed this.
Adaramodu alleged that the Senate President had intended to visit the Villa before the commotion over Keyamo’s nomination in the Red Chamber.
He went on to say that Akpabio’s visit to the Villa on Monday was in response to the coup in Niger Republic.
“The President (Akpabio) stood up yesterday (Monday) to go to the Villa, not because of Festus Keyamo; not because of any screening, (and) not because the Villa invited the Senate President to come and ask questions or to do one favor or the other,” Adaramodu stated. No, the Senate President and Senate leadership had previously invited themselves to the Villa due to security concerns, particularly the coup in Niger Republic.”
According to the Senate spokesman, Akpabio was not summoned to the Villa due to Keyamo.
He claimed Keyamo was only one of the President’s 48 cabinet nominees and that;
“One nominee cannot generate such concern for the Villa to invite the Senate.”
On Monday, the Senate erupted into a raucous session when a senator accused Keyamo of disrespecting the 9th National Assembly (NASS) while serving as Minister of State for Labour and Work under ex-President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.