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Saraki, Dogara, APC spat over NASS reopening

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

APC accuses Senate leader of high treason

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

By Akpo Ometan


As the war or words over the continuing recess by the National Assembly, NASS continues, a fresh spat was introduced into the battle on Tuesday with the principal officers of the National Assembly insisting that NASS had not fulfilled all of the processes it needed to undertake before reconvening the assembly.

In a prompt reaction however, the ruling All progressives Congress, APC is accusing Senate President Bukola Saraki of having committed high treason.

In the communication from the NASS leadership, they stated that as a prelude to resumption, the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission ought to have held a meeting.

Following this, the joint committees, they note are also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request “after which those two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.”

Affirming that none of these required meetings had been held at the moment, their corollary point then is that if lawmakers had reconvened, there would have been no report for them to consider.

“Until the committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj”, the NASS leadership posited through a statement that was jointly signed by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and the Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to the Speaker, Mr Turaki Hassan.

In a terse response to the position of the National Assembly that it would not reconvene as quickly as the executive would have wanted, the ruling APC blurted out: “Clearly, Saraki’s actions as Senate President now bother on high treason.”

Analysts are however at a loss to explain why in the midst of the ongoing political showdown and war of attrition going on in the country, which has also led to the sack of the powerful former boss of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari remains conveniently away on holiday in the United Kingdom. Is it a case of ‘Nero fiddling while Rome burns’ or is there more to the shenanigans than we can see? Time, good old time, will tell.


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