2019: Senators abandon plenary as they are reportedly busy with campaigns

2019: Senators abandon plenary as they are reportedly busy with campaigns

- Majority of Nigerian senators failed to attend plenary on Tuesday, January 22

- Only nine out of 109 members attended, forcing them to adjourn due to lack quorum

- There are 109 senators in the Red Chamber and a plenary sitting could only be held when there is at least one-third of the senators present

Majority of Nigerian senators failed to attend plenary on Tuesday, January 22, forcing the few senators that attended, nine out of 109 members, to adjourn sitting to today, January 23, as they were unable to form quorum.

Daily Trust reports that most of the senators were at their various senatorial districts campaigning for their re-election, while those that got governorship tickets in their state were also said to be busy with gubernatorial campaigns.

The newspaper notes that this is the second time that senators would adjourn plenary sitting in about three months for lack of quorum.

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On November 13, 2018, the senators were forced to adjourn their plenary session due to a similar reason for not meeting the quorum.

There are 109 senators in the Red Chamber, and based on their rules, a plenary sitting could only be held when there is at least one-third of the senators present at the commencement of the session.

Legit.ng earlier reported that not fewer than 41 serving senators from various political parties lost the opportunity to seek re-election and return to the upper legislative chamber.

This, it was learnt, is based on the list of Senatorial candidates released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, January 17.

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It was gathered that the list indicates only 68 out of the 109 senators at the eighth National Assembly have secured their parties’ return ticket, thus having chances of being a member of the ninth National Assembly if they win their elections.

While most of the 41 senators who will not be returning to the Red Chamber lost the tickets to other members of their parties, six of them did not contest for return tickets at all, having secured the governorship tickets in their respective states.

Also, a few others did not seek re-election, hence did not take part in the primaries.

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