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Like an acted script, the Senate was thrown into pandemonium yesterday, over a bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Consequently, the Senate, at the end of the rowdy session, rejected the bill which sought to establish an Act to make provision for Federal Grants to Lagos State, in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance, and other connected purposes.
Impeccable sources, revealed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, informed some of his loyalists in the Senate under the able leadership of his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to do the needful, by ensuring that the bill did not see the light of the day.
Saraki, was not in the plenary, because of his on-going trial over false asset declaration, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
It is widely believed that the “Tinubu Cabals” are behind Saraki’s travail at the CCT.
The last stroke that broke the kernel’s back, was the uncomplimentary comments made by the Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, when in the course of his contribution to the debate, described the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as a “rotten pampered child”.
His comments irked many Senators, and generated mild commotion in the chamber.
Adeyeye’s comment particularly provoked deep anger in Senator Philip Aduda, FCT, forcing the Chief Whip to withdraw the statement.
Allegedly acting Saraki’s scripts, the withdrawal did not douse the tension which had degenerated into a shouting match among the Senators.
The strife generated by the partisan positions of the Lawmakers, was so intense that the Deputy President of the Senate President, who presided over the session, had to leave his seat for several minutes to calm frayed nerves, and bring the chaotic situation under control.
As the situation tended to get out of hands, Ekweremadu decided to stop further debate on the bill, and went on to put the bill to a voice vote.
He did it three times, and it was rejected three times, and accordingly, the bill was rejected.

In the course of the debate, the bill suffered serious partisan considerations from the Lawmakers, splitting the Senate along geo-political divides.
While the bill was highly supported by South-West Senators, those from the North, South-East, and South-South rejected the bill, pointing out that it would give undue advantage to Lagos, as well as set a dangerous precedence in the system.
Leading the debate on the bill, Senator Tinubu, urged her colleagues to support the proposal, so as to help uplift Lagos’ status financially and otherwise, in view of the fact that it was a former Federal Capital of the country.
She noted that the bill sought to tackle many problems confronting residents and visitors in Lagos, by empowering the Federal Government to make provisions for economic assistance, through grants, as provided for under section 164 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Lawmaker also explained that the bill would allow the grants payable to be determined by the President and Commander-in-Chief, on the recommendation of the Governor of Lagos State.
Tinubu however, said that the recommendation would come with the proviso that recommends the modest amount, not less than one per cent of the share of the revenue accruing to the Federal Government; the amount of which would be payable upon appropriation by the National Assembly.
Most of the Senators during the plenary, stood up and opposed the bill, to the amazement of Tinubu.
It was the bitter altercation between Adeyeye and Aduda, that provoked the tension and uproar, which eventually made the bill to be killed.
Adeyeye, had argued that the demand for one percent grant for Lagos, was an under-estimation of the real value of the financial need of the State, noting that Lagos deserved 13 percent derivation from VAT, the same way oil-producing Niger Delta States enjoy 13 percent derivation from the Federal Government.
Adeyeye ,also dismissed the demand by Aduda, for special grant for FCT, describing the nation’s capital as a “rotten pampered child.”

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