- There are reports that the Nigerian Senate may back out of the scheduled resumption of the National Assembly
- The resumption has been slated to take place on Tuesday, August 14
- However, a source within the National Assembly said with the growing tension, accusations and counter accusations going on may force the lawmakers not to reconvene
The Nigerian Senate may back out of the planned resumption of lawmakers of the National Assembly slated to take place on Tuesday, August 14.
A source privy to the issue said the leadership of both chambers - the House of Representatives and the Nigerian Senate - are still considering the planned resumption.
The Nation reports that the continued tension between the Presidency and the National Assembly leadership may back out of the resumption scheduled to enable the passage of the budget for the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
The source said: "The growing tension, accusations and counter accusations going on in the National Assembly may force the Senate not to reconvene on Tuesday. It is obvious that the Presidency is not helping matters."
“The procedure to reconvene the Senate and indeed the National Assembly is clear. After due consultations, the Clerk to the National Assembly will be mandated to publish a notice of resumption to inform senators and members of the House of Representatives of a new date for resumption of plenary.
“Have you seen any notice asking Senators and House members to attend a special session? There is no rocket science about some of these things. There is a procedure which ought to be followed, unless somebody wants to break due process.
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has told anybody anything about resumption. The information can still come but for now some of us are not aware of anything.”
If the House reconvenes and considers the INEC budget, whatever members of the House decide will be transmitted to the Senate for concurrence,” the source said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuff Lasun, had informed journalists that the National Assembly would resume on Tuesday, August 14.
Lasun said an end to the ongoing recess is to consider pending national issues including the delayed INEC budget for 2019 election.
The decision to reconvene by the lawmakers was taken after the leadership of the National Assembly met with INEC chairman on the need for the National Assembly to approve the INEC budget.
President Muhammadu Buhari requested the approval of a N242 billion budget for the conduct of the 2019 election
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the INEC chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, had revealed that the NASS would pass N242 billion election budget.
Yakubu made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 8, after a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly.
The INEC chairman said that the leadership of the NASS assured of the speedy passage of the election budget proposals.
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