By Sylvanus Okpe
Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber, Senate, on Monday, rejected an apology by Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo.
The Red chamber disclosed that the public apology tendered by Abbo would not stop it from probing the senator over the video which surfaced online last week showing the senator assaulting a nursing mother in a sex toy shop in Abuja.
Recall that TheNigerian News reported that Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, on the embarrassing incidence, constituted a 7-man panel to investigate the assault and report it’s findings within two weeks.
The principal officers of the red carpet chambers, Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele all supported Senator Sani’s point of order by voicing out their displeasure over Senator Abbo’s alleged actions.
Lawan, however, noted that the Senate would be denying the lawmaker and the victim, their fundamental rights to fair-hearing if the Senate should pass a judgment based on the viral video clip without listening to Abbo.
However, hours after the ad hoc panel was constituted, Abbo, who was absent from the Senate plenary on Wednesday, rushed to the National Secretariat of the PDP in Abuja where he addressed journalists and apologised to Nigerians and his victims for his action.
However, Chairman, Senate ad-hoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, reportedly told Igbere TV on Monday that the public apology by Abbo was not enough to restrain the Senate panel from going ahead with it’s onerous task of unmasking the truth behind the ugly incidence.
His reaction was contained in a statement made available to Igbere TV on Monday, in Abuja.
“The Senate has not taken any definite position on the issue. We only constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter. We have not passed any verdict on the Senator.
“We are aware that Senator Abbo has tendered a public apology and regretted his action but that does not stop the Senate from going ahead with its own investigation.
“A responsible institution like the Senate should follow due process in a matter like this by ensuring that all parties are giving fair hearing.
“The Senate will base its decision on the report of the ad hoc committee whenever it is submitted and considered.”