2019: What Are Nigerian Senators Busy Doing?
So, on Tuesday the Nigerian Senate could not sit because there weren’t enough of them in the red chamber to form a quorum.
Left with no option, they decided to adjourn for a week.
The chamber needs at least 38 senators to carry out legislative activities at plenary, but it was observed that only 20 senators showed up and were seated at the commencement of the day’s session.
The Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda, who moved the motion for the adjournment, citing order 10 (3) of the Senate rules, explained that most of the members were not at plenary because they went on oversight functions.
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The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, seconded the motion for the adjournment, stressing that the order cited by Aduda, barred the Senate from carrying out any legislative duties if members are not up to 38.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki put the motion to a vote and members overwhelmingly backed it.
Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter moved for the adjournment till Tuesday, November 20.
What is after the senators, one may want to ask. It is however not impossible that many of them stayed away to prepare for the 2019 election campaigns which kick starts next week.
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