- The Senate has postponed its plenary session to Friday, December 20
- The session, according to the upper chamber's constitution, is supposed to take place Thursday, December 19
- The suspension of the order is contrary to the standing orders of the Senate as amended in 2015
The Senate on Thursday, December 19, suspended its Order 13 and chosen Friday, December 20, as the new date for its next plenary session.
After its session on Friday, December 20, in which legislative issues for 2019 will be concluded, the upper chamber will adjourn for the Christmas and New Year holidays, The Nation reports.
The move by the Senate is contrary to order 13 (2) of its own standing orders (as amended in 2015).
The Order states in part: “On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Senate shall meet at 10.00am and unless previously adjourned shall sit until 2.00pm."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the senator representing Imo North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate, Benjamin Uwajumogu had died.
The senator reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday, December 18. Uwajumogu who was a former speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uwajumogu was a ranking senator in the upper chamber as this was his second stint in the Senate.
His last outing in the Senate was on Tuesday, December 10 when he raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member on his reinstatement into the Nigerian Army.
It is not yet clear how he died. While some say he died in a Dubai hospital, others say he died in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
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