#BounceExclusive: Senate Resumes, Set For 'Buhari Showdown' Over Onnoghen, Zakari, Melaye
Polarisation of the Nigerian Senate along political lines will rear its ugly head, as the Upper Legislative Chamber resumes plenary today.
Findings by Bounce News revealed that lawmakers are set for showdown on three national issues.
These are the current trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over false declaration of assets; the appointment of Buhari's alleged 'niece', Amina Zakari as head of the National Collation Centre Committee as well as detention of controversial senator, Dino Melaye, by the Nigerian Police for attempted murder.
While Pro-Saraki senators have thrown their weight behind the position of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by vehemently kicking against the aforementioned issues, Pro-Buhari senators are in support of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), which welcomed the developments.
However, in line with parliamentary practice, there would be no fireworks at the chamber on Wednesday.
This is in honour of a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibeju Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos State, Honourable Abayomi Ayeola, who passed on in December 2018.
"We will just resume today (Wednesday), adopt Votes and Proceedings, the President of the Senate will then read letters from Mr President, if any, and adjourn till tomorrow (Thursday).
“Fireworks would begin from tomorrow," a senator who spoke to Bounce News on condition of anonimity, disclosed.
With exactly one month to the forthcoming general elections, analysts predict that consideration and approval of the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) as well as the N8.83 trillion 2019 budget, may be stalled.
They point out that most lawmakers who are seeking reelection may stay back in their respective constituencies to canvass for votes.
Bounce News also gathered that lawmakers would sit for only five legislative days and adjourn on Thursday, January 24 and reconvene after the general elections.
In his reaction, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, disclosed that Second Reading of the 2019 budget would be completed by January 24.
However, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will begin budget defence when the Senate reconvenes after the General Elections.
“By that time the election will be getting closer and there would be discussions on the general principles (Second Reading) of the document which could take up to two weeks. That means that we would have only two weeks to go.
“What I can guarantee is that we will conclude discussions on the general principles between now and the elections.”
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