- Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara are reportedly losing some of the followers as their tenure winds down
- A ranking PDP lawmaker in the House who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the situation as normal
- According to the lawmaker, there is nothing unusual if the people around the Senate president or speaker have diminished
As the end of 8th National Assembly is drawing closer, some followers of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are reportedly disassociating themselves from the two presiding officers.
Daily Trust reports that the number of lawmakers that usually cling around the two presiding officers to pay obeisance have also reduced, perhaps in anticipation of an expected change of leadership in June.
The newspaper report claimed that it normally took about 15 to 20 minutes for the duo to be ushered into the chambers owing to the number of lawmakers and others who normally line up to shake hands and exchange pleasantries.
In recent times, however, it now takes less than five minutes for both Saraki and Dogara to make their ways from their offices to the chambers because of the reduced protocol of greetings and obeisance; officially and unofficially.
A ranking PDP lawmaker in the House of Representatives who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the situation as “normal” but stopped short of saying whether or not Dogara would be returned as speaker in June.
He said: “You know, the end of the legislative life of the 8th Assembly is almost here. So, there is nothing unusual if the people around the Senate president or speaker have diminished."
Recall that Legit.ng reported that President Buhari in the night of Monday, March 25, expressed regrets over what he termed some of the actions of the eighth National Assembly headed by Saraki and Dogara.
Buhari said this when he hosted state governors and senators-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari particularly mentioned what he described as the deliberate and persistent delay in passing the nation’s annual budget by the national assembly.
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