Senator Smart Adeyemi, of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) for Kogi in the upper legislative chamber, may not be new to controversy, but there is a question about him now, begging for answer.
Did he really call the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu a drunkard?
This controversy is at the centre of a mild drama in the Senate after the Senator allegedly described Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as a “champagne drinking man”.
The report added that Adeyemi, while contributing to a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria, had said Abia was governed by “drunkards”.
The lawmaker was apparently responding to a social media post allegedly linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia.
In the post, Abaribe was said to have cast aspersion on Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
However, Abaribe said he was surprised that the Kogi Senator was making reference to a statement he did not make.
Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, Abians “are governed by drunkards”.
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 neighbouring 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 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.”
At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against insulting the governor.