- There are strong indications that the National Assembly may have concluded arrangements to cut short its long recess
- The move by the federal lawmakers is reportedly to consider the controversial Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) budget for the 2019 elections
- A source said that the announcement for the postponement of the September 25 resumption date and a new date for resumption will be made soon
A report by The Nation indicates that the National Assembly may have concluded arrangements to cut short its long recess to consider the controversial INEC budget for the 2019 elections.
According to the report, the question of reconvening on Tuesday, September 25, as scheduled has been taken over by events.
The report quoted a source as saying the likelihood of the postponement of the September 25 date of resumption is being considered due to prevailing political circumstances.
According to the source, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) fixed its governorship primaries for September 25, same day the National Assembly was scheduled to resume plenary.
“The party also scheduled its senatorial primaries for September 27, House Of Representatives, Saturday, September 29, State Assembly, October 2 and national convention to endorse presidential candidate for October 6.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also scheduled its presidential primaries for October 6.
“It is practically impossible for anybody to expect the National Assembly to resume plenary with the political activities lined up. What is likely to happen is for the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly to convoke a special session for the consideration and approval of the INEC budget.
“I’m aware that majority of members are predisposed to cutting short the recess to enable members consider the INEC budget. I am also aware that what to do with the rejected Electoral Act Amendment bill is on the table.
“Some are saying that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill will require only a clean-up or some clerical work. But what will be done with the bill as returned by Mr. President will be decided by the two chambers. What we know is that those pushing to cut short the recess appear to have upper hand.”
The source said that the announcement for the postponement of the 25 September resumption date and a new date for resumption will be made this week, barring any other intervening circumstances.
Meanwhile, the senator representing Anambra south senatorial district, Andy Uba, has declared his interest to re-contest for the senatorial seat in the 2019 elections.
Uba, a former governor of the state, made the disclosure on Friday, September 7, during a meeting with a number of stakeholders and party leaders from the seven local government areas that constitute the senatorial zone.
He highlighted his major achievements in the present Senate, describing his efforts so far in ensuring that his constituents were well represented by way of his bills, motions and constituency projects in the Senate.
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