The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have stated clearly that the National Assembly cannot reconvene now.
According to the National Assembly leadership, the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission would have held a meeting before any resumption.
They added that the joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request “after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.”
With these meetings yet to hold they posited that there would have been no report for lawmakers to consider had they reconvened.
“Until the committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj”, a statement joint signed by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and the Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to Speaker, Mr Turaki Hassan, said.
The leadership tussle of the senate had dominated discussions ahead of the proposed reopening of the chambers Tuesday, with the ruling All Progressives Congress threatening to remove Saraki after his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.