Embattled Sen. Ishiaku Abbo (PDP-Adamawa) on Tuesday showed lack of the temperament expected of a senator when he flared up against Senator Remi Tinubu, telling members of the Senate investigative panel hearing his alleged case of assault of a nursing mother in an Abuja sex shop not to threaten him with suspension.
A video uploaded on Youtube by CHANNELS TY exposed the senator as a man contemptuous of women, pointing finger and talking down on senator Tinubu, a woman member of the committee.
Mr. Abbo did that while speaking when he appeared before the six-man panel set up by the Senate to investigate him.
The committee set up by senate president, Dr Ahmad Lawan on July 3 is headed by Senator Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi).
The embattled senator, already arraigned by the police for the assault, appeared before his colleagues at exactly 3.15 p.m., and told them that the matter was already before the court, hence he would not make comments that could amount to prejudice of the Court process.
He therefore refused to allow the clerk of the panel to put him on oath, as is usual practice.
However, drama started when he said that he had no business appearing and making comments about the matter anywhere, saying his presence was out of honour for his colleagues.
But Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) who is also a member of the panel expressed displeasure over Abbo’s comment before the panel.
She said, “The Senate of the Senate carefully selected members of this committee to hear your own side of the story which has gone viral.
“What we are doing here as a legislature is a position taken by the Senate to hear from you and others involved.
“This matter has affected the Senate as an institution and we have been mandated to investigate it.
“You can’t sit there on the other side and dictate the modalities and approach we follow as a committee.
“We are trying to protect the Senate and hear from you, but we can also suspend you because of your attitude.”
At this point, Abbo flared up and said he won’t allow the committee to threaten him with suspension, having earlier informed it that the matter is before a court.
“Dear colleagues, I won’t sit here and allow this committee to threaten me with suspension.
“Is it out of place for me to say I’m not addressing you since this matter is before a court of law of competent jurisdiction?
“I came here to honour you as colleagues after receiving an SMS inviting me here.
“Just the same way I have received SMS from the police. I was arrested, detained and charged to court over this matter. Yet, I’m here out of respect for you as colleagues.
“I want you to remember that this matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction and I don’t want to be held in contempt of the Court,” he said.
See the video below…