Shift in polls: National Assembly postpones resumption

Shift in polls: National Assembly postpones resumption

The National Assembly has announced the postponement of its resumption scheduled for Tuesday February 19 to Tuesday February 26.

The clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori made this known in a statement on Sunday, February 17, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Legit.ng gathers that he said the postponement became necessary following postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled for Saturday, February 23.

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Sani-Omolori said: “This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 19 has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 26 due to the postponement of the national elections.

“All distinguished senators and honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 a.m. on Feb. 26 please."

The Senate had on January 24, adjourned plenary till February 19, to enable preparations for the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Senate did not consider the 2019 Appropriation Bill before it proceeded on the break.

It, however, passed the Minimum Wage Bill through first and second reading.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala slammed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the sudden postponement of the 2019 general elections.

The ex-finance and coordinating minister of the economy under the Goodluck Jonathan administration is in Nigeria to cast her vote. She shared photos of herself and some children at her empty polling booth in Delta state on Saturday, February 16.

Okonjo-Iweala was of the opinion that INEC could have given notice that it might postpone the elections. She noted that ordinary citizens would suffer financial losses as a result of the last-minute postponement by INEC.

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She wrote: "At the Umuda Isingwu village Community Primary School polling station contemplating the last minute postponement of Nigeria's presidential and legislative elections, children have taken back their primary school for early morning soccer.

"To put it mildly, there could have been a few days’ notice of postponement to enable people to plan and avoid wasted travel costs! Not easy for the pockets of ordinary Nigerians!"

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