O.A.U Sex scandal has hit the Senate! The Senate has begun investigation of the case of sexual harassment at the Obafemi Awolowo University involving a postgraduate student, Miss Monica Osagie; and a lecturer at the Accounting Department, Prof. Richard Akindele.
The investigation was based on a motion moved at the plenary on Wednesday by Senator Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti-South), entitled, ‘The Growing Trend of Sexual Harassment in the Higher Institutions of Learning: The Case of Monica Osagie.’The lawmakers resolved to mandate the Committees on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND; and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters “to carry out a full-scale investigation of the case of Monica Osagie and the OAU lecturer in order to ensure that there is transparency and accountability, and that satisfactory justice is done to the victim involved and our laws are further strengthened for effectiveness.”
Members of the PDP, after Melaye’s speech, then ushered him to a seat beside Mark’s own, even though Mark was absent at the proceedings.
Saraki, however, ruled that there was no need for Melaye to relocate to another seat.
The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, also raised a point of order saying that Melaye remains a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress and could only change seats on the side dedicated to the majority party.
Lawan then asked the Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, to take Melaye back to the APC section.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, saw the issue differently, however.
Quoting relevant sections of the Constitution, Ekweremadu argued that it was part of ensuring Melaye’s welfare, which is part of the duties of government to its citizens, that the lawmaker should be allowed to sit anywhere he chooses.
Also, the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said the PDP caucus would welcome Melaye to sit with them as part of being their “brother’s keeper.”He also noted that any member of the Senate is free to sit in any part of the chamber.
Melaye eventually settled for a seat in the PDP section.