Saturday, 18 July 2015

Resumption of National Assembly Prostponed

The resumption of the National Assembly, earlier scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, has been extended by one week.
Members of both chambers – Senate and House of Representatives – of the Nigerian legislative arm will now resume July 28, sources close to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and  the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, confirmed to our correspondent.
One of the sources said “the notice will soon be released from the office of the Clerk.”
National Assembly

The extension is to avert “another fracas” that may arise from the unresolved crisis rocking the National Assembly over the principal positions of the National Assembly, said the source.

Thursday, June 25, fracas ensued on the floor of the House of Representatives,  following disagreement between the of the ruling All Progressives Congress loyal to the the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and those loyal to the party over the choice of candidates for the principal positions of the House.
Same day, In defiance to the APC, Mr. Saraki also went ahead with the naming of Ali Ndume, Francis  Alimikhena and Bala Na’Allah as the Senate Leader, Deputy Whip and Deputy Senate Leader respectively.
The development at the Senate, however, came amid charged atmosphere.
Messrs Saraki and Dogara, therefore, announced the postponement of sittings to July 21, apparently to resolve the crisis rocking the National Assembly.
The crisis remains unending, especially in the House of Representatives.
 rejecting the party directive on the principal positions of the House on the ground of Federal Character principle.
He proposed that the Majority  Leader be appointed from the North West, thereby shutting out Femi Gbajabiamila,  South West, who is favoured by the party to clinch the position.

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