Some members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called defiant senator, Kabiru Marafa, to order over his continued desecration of the sanctity of the legislature.
Marafa, the senator representing Zamfara Central on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, is an outspoken critic of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
A report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the Zamfara senator for allegedly disparaging the upper legislative chamber in a newspaper interview, has been submitted and awaiting action.
Mr. Marafa, however, denied the allegation, and accused members of the Senator Samuel Anyanwu-led committee of lying against him and being afraid of him because of their “atrocities”.
Eleven members of the lower legislative chamber in a statement on Wednesday, urged Mr. Marafa, a member of a group of anti-Saraki senators known as the Unity Forum, to allow popular will of the senators, who elected the leadership of the Senate, override his personal interest.
The lawmakers said they became vested in the matter after realizing that Mr. Marafa’s attacks on Mr. Saraki, were “misconceived”.
The statement said the attacks had started to cast a slur on the integrity of the entire National Assembly over which the Senate President presides as chairman.
“It is indeed regrettable that eight months after the contest for leadership in the Senate ended, Marafa and his group have remained in electioneering mode”, they said.
According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s claim that there were fifth columnists working against the interest of the executive in the Senate, was not in order.
The statement said that any right thinking Nigerian would know that the budget as presented had a number of challenges which needed the collaborative efforts of both arms of government to sort out.
According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s suggestion that the National Assembly was behind the current budget hiccup was unfortunate.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those who signed the statement are Kabir Ajanah, Mustafa Dawaki, Gaza Gbefwi, Supo Adeola, Adamu Kamale, Rita Orji, and Chukwueke Anohu.
Others are Zakari Mohammed, Gabriel Onyewife, Ali Issa and Victor Nwokolo.