Saraki Shuts Senate over PDP Congresses



SENATE President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, May 5, adjourned plenary for one week to enable members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the chamber, to attend the on-going party’s congresses. The senate did not consider any motion or bill as the number of senators present during the day’s plenary was not up to the required number to form a quorum.

The absence of senators mostly from the PDP fold compelled the Senate to hurriedly adjourn. The Senate stipulates that quorum is formed for plenary when one-third (at least 37) of the senators are in attendance.

Most of the senators present were not up to 37 because they were mainly members from the All Progressives Congress. The PDP senators had gone for their party’s local government congresses which took place on Wednesday, May 4.

Senator Ali Ndume, Leader of the Senate,  after considering the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, moved that plenary be adjourned to the next legislative day and his position was overwhelmingly supported by all the senators in attendance. Saraki, who presided over the brief plenary, thereafter adjourned plenary to Thursday, May 12. – Punch

—  May 5, 2016 @ 18:15 GMT


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