What Saraki Discussed With Dogara After Defection Announcement
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, held talks on Tuesday hours after some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Legislative Arm of government defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In the Senate, 15 lawmakers defected while 37 of them defected in the House of Representatives.
As leaders of the National Assembly, Dr. Saraki and Mr Dogara know the implication of leading a chamber that is tilting to the opposition and they saw the need to talk.
A video of what transpired in the House of Representatives on Tuesday spread online with members of the PDP cheering the Speaker while he entered the lower chamber for plenary.
None of them has announced defection, but there are indications they could jump ship. The APC has said it is not perturbed by the defection, saying defectors have no electoral value.
While Nigerians await their decision on it, both leaders met and Saraki shared an information about their meeting on his Facebook page.
"Chatting with Speaker Dogara a few minutes ago.
"We will continue to work to strengthen our democracy and guarantee the independence of the legislature," Dr. Saraki wrote, apparently indicating their unwillingness to align with the executive.
It is the first post that the Senate President has made after he posted a statement about the defection plan, police harassment which he described as oppressive tendencies of the ruling party.
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