National Assembly postpones resumption, Nigerians react

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The National Assembly has postponed its resumption from the ongoing two-month annual recess to October 9, 2018.

According to media reports, the decision followed a meeting by the leadership of the National Assembly on Sunday night.

The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, in a statement issued shortly after the meeting, announced the postponement.

The statement read, “This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 25th September, has been postponed to Tuesday, 9th October, due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties.

“All distinguished senators and honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10am on the 9th of October, please.”

On September 9 some lawmakers had called on the leadership of both chambers to extend their resumption from September 25 to the second week of October.

A cross section of the lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives had explained that the September 25 earlier fixed was no longer feasible.

They had argued that it would not be possible for the joint committees on electoral matters and those on appropriation to conclude their assignments before the end of September.

They also said it would not make sense for members of the two chambers to abandon the primaries of their parties in their various constituencies to resume plenary.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the postponement of the NASS resumption as it jeopardizes the review of the amendment to the electoral  act. Many believe it’s a selfish decision by the lawmakers under the leadership of Senate president Bukola Saraki who is currently going for consultations across the country as he contests for the presidency.

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