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Senate splits over alleged Militarization of 2019 elections

Senate splits over alleged Militarization of 2019 elections

KUNLE ADESUJI

Senators were on Wednesday divided across party line over alleged Militarization of 2019 general elections in some states as Senate agreed to investigate perceived inconsistent application of Electoral law during elections.

Senator Dino Melaye had in a motion sponsored with Seven others expressed dissatisfaction with Militarization of 2019 general elections in some states in the Country.

However, trouble started when Senate President, Bukola Saraki called on Senate Minority leader, Biodun Olujinmi to speak on the motion.

Olujinmi while speaking described the election as a sham accusing INEC of using different parameters in different states in the country .

Minority leader said, “We are Nigerians and we are in Nigeria. What is wrong is wrong. This election was a sham. INEC parameters were different in different states. There is no wrong that can validate the other.

She added that there is need to look at nation’s electoral process. Rigging and vote buying was the order of the day. The lawmakers need to look into this.

Olujinmi outburst led to uproar in the Chamber as the Senate floor was thrown in rowdy session before the Senate President calmed the nerves of angered All Progressive Congress (APC) Senators,

Lawan while seconding the motion,“The essence of having a legislator is to ensure we provide intervention in smoothing governance in order to ensure fairness in all affairs.

“The essence of having a legislator is to ensure we provide intervention in smoothing governance in order to ensure fairness in all affairs.”- Senator Ahmad Lawan.

At the end of the rowdiness in the chamber, Senate mandated its Committee on INEC to investigate perceived inconsistent application of Electoral law by Electoral body in 2019 General election.

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