The National Assembly reconvenes today, 9th October 2018, from its annual vacation and may immediately adjourn sitting to Wednesday 10th of October 2018, over the death of a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Funke Adedoyin. The N’Assembly resumption is coming amid conflicting reports about plans by legislators of APC, to change the leadership of both chambers of the Assembly.
The National Assembly, which went on recess on July 24 had to extend its resumption date by two weeks from September 25 to October 9 2018, in order to allow the lawmakers to participate in their respective parties’ primary elections which ended on October 7 across the country.
At the special national convention of the APC which held in Abuja over the weekend, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, told the gathering that the ruling party has clear majority in the federal legislature and would put that to good use by ensuring that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, are replaced upon resumption of plenary by the Assembly. The duo also vowed to ensure that INEC and security budget proposals which are pending on the floor of the house are passed, forcibly, if need be.
However, information gathered reveals that the planned removal of both Saraki and Dogara may not fly on the floor of the National Assembly as it may be difficult for those routing for the sack of the National Assembly leadership to muster the constitutionally required two third federal legislators to sack the duo.
A group of pro-PDP members in the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG) also warned APC lawmakers to reconsider attempting to remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, saying such effort would yield no fruitful result.
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