Suspended Senator Gloria Orwoba has spoken out about why she did not defend herself during the Senate debate that led to her suspension.
In an interview with The Standard, Orwoba said that she was overwhelmed by the emotions of the moment and that she felt it was more important to listen to the concerns of her colleagues than to defend herself.
Orwoba was suspended for six months from the Senate on September 13 after she was found to have violated the Senate’s code of conduct during a debate on the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2022.
Orwoba had been accused of using unparliamentary language and of making false statements during the debate.
In her interview, Orwoba said that she did not regret her actions during the debate, but that she regretted the way she had handled the situation in the aftermath.
She said that she should have defended herself more vigorously and that she should not have allowed her emotions to get the better of her.
Orwoba also said that she believed that her suspension was politically motivated and that it was an attempt to silence her. She said that she would continue to fight for the rights of women and girls and that she would not be silenced.
Orwoba’s suspension has been met with mixed reactions. Some people have supported the Senate’s decision, while others have condemned it as an attack on freedom of speech.
The suspension has also sparked a debate about the role of women in politics and the way that they are treated in public spaces.