Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West veered off while contributing to a motion on the Urgent need for the restoration and revalidation of the Safe School initiative in Nigeria when he described Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as a drunkard.
He also expressed sympathy for the Abia state people for being unfortunate to be governed by a champagne drinking Governor.
The lawmaker was apparently responding to a social media post linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia State, allegedly casting aspersion on the person of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
However, Abaribe said he was surprised that the Kogi Senator was making reference to a statement he never made. Adeyemi had started his contribution with support for the motion.
He said, despite that some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority.
“We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighboring states.
“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people, in my state the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.
“In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia they are governed by drunkards.
“The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man. Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate,” Adeyemi said.
At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against the use of insulting language.
In his reply, Abaribe expressed surprise over Adeyemi’s “drunkard” comment and urged his colleague to apologize to the governor of Abia.
“Mr President I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened hear today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comments on the governor of Kogi State. Never.
“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not.
“And I see so many things tag to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was tag to his name that was very deleterious.
“I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to open up on the governor of Abia for something I never said,” Abaribe said.
Lawan interjected, saying the air was cleared now and asked Abaribe to address the motion.
Abaribe agreed but said Smart owes an apology to the governor of Abia for the very bad statement made that has no basis.