NASS cancels Tuesday meeting

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President of the Senate Bukola Saraki (left) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara
President of the Senate Bukola Saraki (left) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara

Contrary to the statement credited to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuff Lasun, who last week announced that the National Assembly would reconvene tomorrow, to consider the budget for the 2019 polls and other pending issues forwarded to lawmakers by President Muhammadu Buhari in July, spokesman for the house, Abdulrazak Namdas, said no plan to reconvene on Tuesday.

Ahead of the meeting, tempers were flaring especially at the Senate, where senators belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress are calling for the resignation of Senator Bukola Saraki, representing Kwara Central, as president of the Senate.

The APC senators said since their party controls a simple majority in the upper chamber, it will be preposterous for Mr Saraki, now a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, with minority presence, to remain as the leader.

There had been threats and counter threats, with Mr Saraki’s spokesmen and his minority party swearing that Mr Saraki cannot be removed, unless the APC senators are able to muster two-third support in the senate.

The APC has a different interpretation of the constitution. The National Assembly broke up for recess on 24 July. It was due to reconvene on 25 September, until the executive pleaded it break the recess to consider urgent national matters, such as a supplementary budget and INEC budget for 2019 polls.