Tinubu, Abbo in Heated Argument Over Sex Toy Shop Assault
It all happened yesterday when embattled Senator Ishiaku Abbo (PDP-Adamawa) appeared before the six-man panel set up by the Senate to investigate him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan set up the panel which is headed by Senator Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi) on July 3.
The sound bite played on Morning Crossfire by Sheriff Quadri seems to reflect on the embattled senator's refusal to adhere to the normal rules preceeding hearing and the argument that ensued between him and senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) who is also a member of the panel expressed displeasure over Abbo’s comment before the panel.
She said, “You're just joining us and we have a procedure. What we are doing here is a legislature. You're on the other side now. Everybody requires a fair hearing. What is going on with you affects us as a body, that is why the senate president constituted this committee and you can see the level and integrity of the body sitting here.
"You don't come in here and dictate to us on what we are supposed to do. You undermine us and you haven't even listened to us, even if we are going beyond what you expect, you can stop us. But you don't come to us from the other side and start dictating to us because this is a position taken by the Senate to hear from you and others involved. Do you want us to protect you, or do you want us to defend you? Or you want to be on your own. Do you realize that the senate can also suspend you?"
At this point, Abbo flared up and said he won’t allow the committee to threaten him with suspension, having earlier informed it that the matter is before a court.
“Dear colleagues, I won’t sit here and allow this committee to threaten me with suspension.
View a clip of the video HERE.
Commenting on the attitude of the embattled senator, in-house guest, Morning Crossfire, Rotimi Sankore, said that the senator lost a great opportunity right there to "redeem himself".
"He has already called a press conference to apologize," continued Rotimi. "Not that an apology is enough because that was a crime. When you commit violence against somebody else, it is an offence. But it does help, being that he is a public figure, elected to represent a constituency."
Sheriff said that senator Abbo already told them that the case was in court and he didn't want to talk about the matter as he wanted to to leave it that way. Rotimi countered, saying that "but Abbo ended up wagging his finger at senator Oluremi Tinubu."
Further, Rotimi also pointed out that as a woman, Tinubu was enraged that the fellow could go around slapping another woman.
"On multiple grounds, she is rightly incensed. As a senator, regardless of agenda, then as a woman that was looking at the guy and was thinking; "Oh my goodness! So this guy could decide to slap any of his colleagues in the House if something goes wrong or they disagree on an issue. She was looking at it from multiple angles," Rotimi said.
Rotimi believes that Abbo could have apologized to the senate, apologize to the victim of his violent mood, apologize before the younger ones in the society. The best way, according to both Rotimi and Sheriff is for Nigerians to wait and see if the embattled senator is found guilty or not.
The question is: Has Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo lost the chance to redeem himself?
Embattled senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District was previously spotted in viral video assaulting a lady at a sex toy shop in Abuja.
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Written by Jude Chukwuemeka