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Senators Demands Apology From Oshiomhole Over Looting Accusation

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For making sweeping allegation against lawmakers of the immediate past ninth National Assembly, Senator Adams Oshiomhole (APC Edo North), has been asked to tender an unreserved apology.

The senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Adeola Solomon, made the demand from the former Edo governor over allegations of vandalism which he levelled against lawmakers in the ninth Assembly.

Oshiomhole, had on appearance at a Channels Television programme, Politics Today on Sunday, alleged that senators and House of Representatives members of the 9th National Assembly carted away items in their various offices, including rugs.

He said he and most of the federal lawmakers in the 10th National Assembly used their personal money to put their offices in shape.

Oshiomole said, “In spite of the presence of security men and women, television sets, carpets, and chairs were looted by the immediate past senators and House of Representatives members.

“The former lawmakers left their offices in shambles with holes in the walls, which had to be fixed by serving lawmakers from their pockets.”

However, on Tuesday at the plenary, Senator Solomon (APC Ogun West), who was also a member of the 9th Assembly, moved a motion demanding an apology from Oshiomhole.

He noted that the comment was an embarrassment to the lawmakers and that his privilege had been abused.

Solomon said, “My privilege has been abused. A senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria went on National TV and told the whole world that the lawmakers of the ninth Assembly, which I was a part of, looted equipment from their offices.

“We all know that there is no way that a senator or their aides can take a pin out of the National Assembly without being accounted for.

“Each of the items was checked and legally passed and those amounts are deducted from severance packages.”

“I hereby demand that the senator should apologise to the House or be made to face the Ethics and Privilege Committee.”

Adeola was seconded and supported by Senator Adamu Aliero (PDP Kebbi Central).

Oshiomhole and Adeola are of the same political party, the APC. Oshiomhole recently came under fire when in making remarks at the N30,000 national minimum wage, said it was paltry, adding that he pays his cleaner, N60,000. Nigerians were however not amused by his claim, stressing that considering his level in the society, it was too mean of the senator to be paying his aide mere N60,000, in present day Nigeria.

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