The Senate on Monday said that despite the public apology tendered by
Senator Elisha Abbo, it would proceed with the Senator’s probe, Igbere
TV reports.

Igbere TV reports that Senate President, Ahmed Lawan,
had constituted a panel to investigate the assault, following a point
of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, on
the issue.

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The Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader,
Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele supported Sani by
condemning Abbo’s alleged action.

Lawan said it would be unfair
to both the lawmaker and the victim if the Senate should pass a judgment
based on the viral video clip without listening to Abbo.

However,
hours after the ad hoc panel was constituted, Abbo, who was absent from
the Senate plenary on Wednesday, rushed to the National Secretariat of
the PDP in Abuja where he addressed journalists and apologised to
Nigerians and his victims for his action.

But the Chairman,
Senate ad-hoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye,
told Igbere TV on Monday that the public apology by Abbo was not enough
to stop the Senate panel from going ahead with its assignment.

His reaction was contained in a statement made available to Igbere TV on Monday, in Abuja.

“The
Senate has not taken any definite position on the issue. We only
constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter. We have not
passed any verdict on the Senator.

“We are aware that Senator
Abbo has tendered a public apology and regretted his action but that
does not stop the Senate from going ahead with its own investigation.

“A
responsible institution like the Senate should follow due process in a
matter like this by ensuring that all parties are giving fair hearing.

“The Senate will base its decision on the report of the ad hoc committee whenever it is submitted and considered.”

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