Abuja - For the first time since the inauguration of the eight Senate, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu presiding over the Senate, reports NewsDay.
This is also the first time an opposition Senator will be presiding over the upper Chamber since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic rule.
Ekweremadu, is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Ekweremadu presided over the Wednesday sitting because Saraki was at the Presidential Villa to attend the swearing-in of new ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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The decision did, however, not go down well with some senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The aggrieved APC senators walked out in protest against the decision.
The APC senators were led by Senators Ahmed Lawan and George Akume, who were favoured by the party to emerge as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively at the inauguration of the Senate on June 9.
The two senators walked out in company with some of their colleagues.
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- News 24