JUST IN: National Assembly Holds Closed-door ‘Emergency’ Joint Session

JUST IN: National Assembly Holds Closed-door ‘Emergency’ Joint Session
 JUST IN: National Assembly Holds Closed-door ‘Emergency’ Joint Session

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara announced that members of the House of Representatives and Senate will be having the joint executive session.

The Senate had earlier gone into executive session that lasted for more than one hour before the lawmakers rose and moved to the House of Representatives Chamber for a joint closed-door session.

This is the first time in the nineteen years of this democracy that the two chambers would be holding an emergency joint closed session.

The two houses had always held a joint session once a year, during the laying of the nation’s annual budget by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

After the Senate concluded its executive session, and resumed plenary, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC), moved a motion that the Senate should meet with their counterparts in the House in an emergency closed session to discuss the state of the nation.

Seconding the motion, the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio (PDP, Akwa-Ibom), instead of saying that the Senate should join the Reps to discuss the state of the nation, he comically said that the two chamber were going to meet to discuss “the fate of the nation”.

It was however, learnt that the joint session was prompted by the Sunday invitation of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to come and give clarifications to confessions made by some arrested Offa robbery suspects, allegedly linking Saraki to their criminal activities in Kwara State.

Although the Police later made U-turn and asked him to respond in writing, New Telegraph was reliably informed that the action of the police against Saraki was an embarrassment to the institution of the National Assembly, and a disgrace to the country in the comity of nations.

Consequently, the lawmakers are said to have resolved to elaborately discuss the matter and other sundry political issues affecting them under the present Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.



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