The Senate and the House of Representatives have extended the date for resumption plenary sessions, which was earlier scheduled for Tuesday, July 21.
Members are now expected to resume July 28.
This was made known by the the Clerk of the House of Representatives, M. A. Sani-Omolori, who released an official notice of the postponement.
“This is to inform all Honourable members of the House of Representatives of the postponement of resumption of plenary session from adjourned date of Tuesday, 21st July to Tuesday, 28th July 2015,” Mr. Sani-Omolori said in his statement.
It was gathered that he Senate has also extended its resumption to July 28
According to our source, the postponement became imperative because of the crisis rocking the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, over the choice of legislators that will clinch the principal positions of the Nigerian legislative arm.
Plenary session was adjourned at both chambers of the National Assembly on Thursday, June 25, in the wake of fracas that ensued on the floor of the House between members of the All Progressives Congress loyal to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and those loyal the party.
Also in defiance of the leadership of APC same day, Mr. Saraki named Ali Ndume, Senate Leader; Francis Alimikhena, Deputy Whip; and Bala Na’Allah, Deputy Senate Leader, in spite of stiff opposition from APC Senators loyal to the ruling party.
The adjournment of plenary sessions by Saraki and Dogara was however, aimed at creating additional time within which the crisis could be resolved. The crises however remain unresolved both Saraki and Dogara vehemently held onto their positions predicated on the need for federal character in the distribution of principal offices in the National Assembly in defiance of the position of the ruling party APC which insisted on accommodating the interest of the aggrieved camps in both chambers.
Dogara finally responded to the leadership of the APC, rejecting the party’s position of the choice of the principal positions, citing Federal Character principle.
He made a new proposal which would see the North West produce the Majority Leader, thereby blocking Femi Gbajabiamila, South West, who is being favoured by the APC leadership. The APC is yet to respond to Mr. Dogara’s proposal. But Gbajabiamila’s group has vowed to ensure Dogara obeys the party’s directive.