Bight News reports that the Nigerian Senate had resumed sitting on Tuesday 12th March 2019, to adjourn plenary till Wednesday over the death of a member of House of Representatives, Mr Temitope Olatoye, representing Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency of Oyo.
This was due to a Point of Order by the Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmad Lawan at the plenary. Lawan had urged the senate to suspend Tuesday’s plenary as a result of the demise of the lawmaker.
Citing Order 43, he said as part of the National Assembly’s tradition, it was important to suspend legislative activities as a mark of respect.
His words, “You will recall that Hon. Temitope Olatoye died during the elections and I hereby move a motion for adjournment till Wednesday.”
The motion was seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi. While a minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased.
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased adjourned plenary till Wednesday.
Recalls that Olatoye, popularly known as `Sugar” was reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen on March 9, after which he was rushed to UCH Ibadan, where he died.
Reports have it that the Nigerian senate had adjourned on Jan. 26 to enable lawmakers vote in the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections of March 9.