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BREAKING: As Ndume staged a walkout of the plenary, the Senate was forced into an emergency closed-door session

On Tuesday, October 17, during plenary, Senate President Godswill Akpabio requested an emergency private session

Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, the Senate’s chief whip, left the chambers after being deemed out of order by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, leading to the closed session

Ndume had raised a point of order, citing Senate Standing Order 54

He called the Senate president’s attention to his conduct of the proceedings in the chambers, which he claimed was against the regulations

There are some things we do in this chamber that are against the rules, Ndume stated to the president. No one is too large to learn, sir

Akpabio jumped in at this time and requested a copy of the Standing Orders

After reading order 54, he declared that it did not support the argument Ndume was making and declared him out of order

After the Senate President’s move, Ndume—who was obviously furious—packed his desk with papers, stormed out of the chamber, and walked straight to his office

Just as the Chief Whip was winding down, a colleague called to ask him to return to the chamber for an executive session

As of the time this report was filed, the executive session was still in progress

Details to follow

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